Parenting perceptions and social supports of mothers with cognitive disabilities

Author: Ehlers-Flint, M.L.
Year: 2002
Reference Type: Journal Article
Journal/Book Title: Sexuality and Disability
Volume: 20
Issue: 1
Pages: 29-51
Abstract: The current study identified a range of parenting perceptions and experiences of mothers with intellectual difficulties, and examined the relationship between identified vulnerabilities and mothers' perceived social supports. Common parenting perceptions were positive feelings about parenting and mothers' abilities to nurture their children. Mothers also perceived more support than interference from their social networks and viewed their relatives as both supportive and interfering. They also expressed satisfaction with the therapeutic services they received. Mothers varied in terms of their perceptions of themselves as parents and their experiences of caregiving as related to their personal histories. Many mothers experienced financial difficulties and social isolation.

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