Resilience characteristics of families with children with severe or profound intellectual disability
CITATION: Durr, E. & Greeff, A. 2020. Resilience characteristics of families with children with severe or profound intellectual disability. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 56(2):221-234, doi:10.15270/52-2-822.
The original publication is available at http://socialwork.journals.ac.za
The aim of this study was to explore family characteristics and resources that assisted families to adapt after their children had been diagnosed with severe or profound intellectual disability. A qualitative research approach with a cross-sectional design was used, as the study was focused on participants’ experiences. It was found that spiritual resources and reformulation of the crisis helped families to reframe their experiences with a more positive outlook. Social support from the family networks, friends and the community, and positive family characteristics, such as perseverance and humour, also contributed to family adaptation and well-being. Good planning regarding daily activities, as well as for their children's future, was also deemed important.
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