The Changing face of the 'good mother': trends in research into families with a child with intellectual disability, and some concerns

Kathryn Knight

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Abstract

This article reviews changing perspectives in recent social science research into families of children with intellectual disability. These latest trends emphasise family resilience, adaptation, and transformation, with the focus predominantly on mothers and their ability to psychologically adjust to their caring challenges. A concern is that by concentrating on the adaptive strategies of mothers, researchers risk minimising the socio-political dimensions of this experience. The theme of the 'good mother' figures strongly in this research, linked to the limiting socio-cultural narratives available to mothers of children with intellectual disability that, it is argued, may condone their continuing marginalisation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)660-673
Number of pages14
JournalDisability and Society
Volume28
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • children with intellectual disability
  • families
  • literature review
  • mothers
  • narrative

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