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Grandparents of children with severe disabilities

Hastings, Richard P. (1997) Grandparents of children with severe disabilities International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 44, (4), pp. 329-340.

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Grandparents are important sources of support to children with disabilities and their families. However, there has been very little published research concerned with grandparents' roles and experiences in relation to their grandchild with disabilities. Existing research is reviewed in the present paper. Although both parents and grandparents themselves report a wide range of supportive activities and increased involvement with the child with disabilities, grandparents may also be an additional burden to families. In particular, parents may find it difficult to deal with grandparents' immediate and longer term emotional responses to their grandchild's disability. Clinical, educational, and other professionals have an important role to play working with grandparents and facilitating their role as a resource for families of children with disabilities. The implications of the review for research on grandparents are also discussed.

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Published date: December 1997


Local EPrints ID: 57977
ISSN: 1034-912X
PURE UUID: 8e4e4c7b-136c-4914-925e-425f23b28ede

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Date deposited: 18 Aug 2008
Last modified: 30 Sep 2017 00:23

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Author: Richard P. Hastings

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