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Title: An exploration of meaning making processes carried out by 'under pressure' military families caring for a child with special educational needs in a military context
Author: Beadel , Robert
Awarding Body: University of Nottingham
Current Institution: University of Nottingham
Date of Award: 2012
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Research from the US and evidence from the UK, supports the view that military , families are often under pressure from a range of chronic and acute stressors including frequent re-location, deployment and the threat of death or injury. Various models of family functioning have been applied to interpret and understand how families respond to these pressures. All such models propose that the meaning families' make of their situation has an important bearing upon coping. Applying qualitative methodology and using Grounded Theory Method this study interviewed 12 military parents of a child with an SEN/disability. The study explored processes of meaning and their role in promoting resiliency and successful adaptation. The resulting propositions refer to the identification of a range of intrapersonal and interpersonal phenomena rather than a single theory. Attributional processes, categorisation and the construction of family identity informed by socially expected roles related to gender and rank, were found to be crucial components of individual and family sense making. A symbolic interactionist perspective was applied to interpret the nature of internal and external family meaning making processes in the context of families protecting and meeting the needs of their child. High mobility was found to represent an important barrier to the promotion of adaptive meaning making opportunities for these participants.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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