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The Views and Experiences of Fathers of Children with Intellectual Disabilities: A Systematic Review of the International Evidence

Marsh, L., Brown, M. & McCann, E. ORCID: 0000-0003-3548-4204 (2020). The Views and Experiences of Fathers of Children with Intellectual Disabilities: A Systematic Review of the International Evidence. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 17(1), pp. 79-90. doi: 10.1111/jppi.12328

Abstract

As a result of societal changes and expectations, mothers have returned to paid employment, with fathers now more involved in the daily lives of their children with and without disabilities. Globally, fathers are providing more care for their children with intellectual disabilities (ID), a role traditionally expected of mothers. The research interest in the role of fathers in the lives of their child with ID is growing, yet much of the wider evidence has focused on the views and experiences of mothers as care givers. The aim of this systematic review was to identify the views and experiences of fathers parenting children with ID. A total of 14 studies were included in the review. Four themes were identified including emotional impact, mental health and coping, systems of support, and hopes and fears. There is a need for further research on the needs of fathers and how they can be supported to play a fuller role in the lives of their child with ID. Implications for policy, practice, and future research are also discussed.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Marsh, L., Brown, M. and McCann, E. (2020), The Views and Experiences of Fathers of Children with Intellectual Disabilities: A Systematic Review of the International Evidence. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 17: 79-90., which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/jppi.12328. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions. This article may not be enhanced, enriched or otherwise transformed into a derivative work, without express permission from Wiley or by statutory rights under applicable legislation. Copyright notices must not be removed, obscured or modified. The article must be linked to Wiley’s version of record on Wiley Online Library and any embedding, framing or otherwise making available the article or pages thereof by third parties from platforms, services and websites other than Wiley Online Library must be prohibited.
Publisher Keywords: fathers, intellectual disability, systematic review, families, supports
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Departments: School of Health Sciences > Nursing
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