Risk and resilience in the lives of children of parents with intellectual disabilities

Author: Booth, T.;Booth, W.
Year: 2000
Reference Type: Journal Article
Journal/Book Title: Journal of Intellectual Disability Research
Volume: 44
Pages: 213-213
Abstract: The present paper draws on the notion of resilience as a compensatory factor shielding children from the potentially damaging effects of parenting deficits in order to show that the relationship between parental skills and child outcomes in the case of families headed by a parent or parents with intellectual disabilities is more complex than is widely assumed. Using case material from a narrative study of 30 now-adult children who grew up in such families, the paper presents evidence to show that a fuller understanding of the sources of resilience in children necessitates a reappraisal of the meaning of parental competence.

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