'What's the Next Stage?' Mothers of young adults with Down syndrome explore the path to independence: a qualitative investigation

Docherty, J. and Reid, K. (2009) 'What's the Next Stage?' Mothers of young adults with Down syndrome explore the path to independence: a qualitative investigation. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 22(5), pp. 458-467. (doi:10.1111/j.1468-3148.2009.00492.x)

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Abstract

Background An increased life expectancy for young adults with Down syndrome has coincided with legislative changes to improve access to housing and employment. This study explores the values and beliefs of mothers of young adults with Down syndrome currently involved in supporting their offspring in the possible transition from dependence to independence. Methods Eight mothers of young adults with Down syndrome were interviewed and the results were thematically analysed using the qualitative approach, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). Result The mothers described themselves as having a dynamic role as both gate-keepers and facilitators in aiding their offspring on the path to adulthood. Conclusions These findings are not consistent with findings of previous research, which suggested that mothers in this situation are personally and socially inclined to limit the transition of their offspring to an independent adulthood. The discussion explores the possible reasons for this change and proposes clarification to existing theoretical frameworks for understanding mothers’ perspectives. Limitations of the research and future recommendations are discussed. Keywords: Down syndrome, IPA, midlife parents, transition to adultho

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Reid, Dr Kate
Authors: Docherty, J., and Reid, K.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Social Justice Place and Lifelong Education
Journal Name:Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
ISSN:1360-2322

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