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Title: Mothers in transition : children with learning disabilities transition to adulthood
Author: Krokidis, Nicole
ISNI:       0000 0004 2701 0903
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2009
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This research project aimed to provide a more elaborate understanding of mothers' views regarding their child with learning disabilities' transition to adulthood. In particular, the researcher focused on how mothers conceptualised "transition", the role that mothers' relationships with services would play, and mothers' experiences of social structures. Individual semistructured interviews were conducted with seven mothers of young people (16-23 years) with learning disabilities; yielding information on their views and experiences of transition. Thematic analysis within a critical realist epistemological framework was utilised as an analytic methodology. Mothers' were found to conceptualise transition as a complex, life long, worrying process informed by previous experiences of transitions. Mothers considered transition to adulthood as marked by a transition to "independence"; however, the meaning of independence varied amongst the sample. Mothers' visions of their children's adult futures included ideas about social relationships, employment and development of sexuality. The transition process was positioned within important peripheral issues including mothers' predominantly negative reports of service provision, with some helpful exceptions and resources available to mothers external to service provision. Mothers' commitment to their children was demonstrated throughout the data, and was often spoken about in terms of "fighting talk" whereby mothers were campaigning for improved service provision. The implications for professionals working with mothers are to improve partnership working with mothers in preparing for transition and improving service provision more generally. A recognition by services of mothers' needs and alternative identities aside from their role as "maternal caregiver" is recommended.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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