Understanding maternal support for autonomy in young children with Down Syndrome

Gilmore, Linda, Ryan, Belinda, Cuskelly, Monica, & Gavidia-Payne, Susana (2016) Understanding maternal support for autonomy in young children with Down Syndrome. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 13(2), pp. 92-101.

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Prior research has highlighted the importance of supporting the autonomy of children with Down syndrome from early childhood. There is some evidence to suggest that mothers of children with Down syndrome are more directive than those whose children are developing typically. However, the factors that contribute to maternal autonomy supportive versus directive behaviours are not well understood. The current study aimed to explore the value and importance that mothers place upon their child's autonomy, as well as the specific factors that influence the support they provide. Interviews were conducted with 14 mothers of young children with Down syndrome. It was revealed that mothers held aspirations for their children's future that included autonomy and independence; however, their capacity to promote autonomy was sometimes constrained by a range of child and family factors, as well as by their focus on developing skills for independent functioning. Understanding the factors that may constrain support for autonomy represents an essential step in the process of designing interventions for promoting maternal support for autonomy in families of children with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities.

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ID Code: 99563
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Down syndrome, Intellectual disability, Support for autonomy
DOI: 10.1111/jppi.12163
ISSN: 1741-1130
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Special Education and Disability (130312)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright © 1999 - 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Deposited On: 26 Sep 2016 23:44
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2016 21:30

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