Journal article

The impact of caring for adults with intellectual disability on the quality of life of parents

A Yoong, S Koritsas

JOURNAL OF INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY RESEARCH | WILEY | Published : 2012

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Because of an increase in life expectancy and de-institutionalisation, many adults with intellectual disability (ID) live with and are cared for by their parents throughout their adult lives. Because of caring demands, the quality of life (QOL) of parents may be affected. The study explored the impact of caring for an adult with ID on the QOL of parents. METHODS: Participants were 12 parents who were the full-time carers of an adult with ID. Participants were interviewed about the effect of caring on their QOL. Interviews were analysed thematically. RESULTS: Caring had a positive impact on QOL by enabling participants to develop relationships and receive support, participate in l..

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