Perception of service needs by parents with intellectual disability, their significant others and their service workers

Author: Llewellyn, G.;McConnell, D.;Bye, R.
Year: 1998
Reference Type: Journal Article
Journal/Book Title: Research in Developmental Disabilities
Volume: 19
Issue: 3
Pages: 245 - 260
Abstract: It is well recognised in the literature that parents with intellectual disability require support and social services. There is growing interest in these services being responsive to parent-identified concerns, particularly as it has been suggested that parents concerns may differ from those reported by service workers, family members or friends. In the Australian study reported here, the views of parents with intellectual disability, their significant others and service workers were sought on parents' service needs on 20 items incorporating child care, social and community living and domestic skills. Results indicated that there were significant differences in the perceptions of the parents, workers and significant others on the help parents needed. Several gaps in services were also identified. From the parents' perspective, their greatest unmet needs were in the community participation area, specifically with help to explore work options, to know what community services are available and how to access these, and to meet people and make friends.

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