An investigation into the need for a counselling/psychotherapy service for parents of ill and disabled children.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/90354
Title:
An investigation into the need for a counselling/psychotherapy service for parents of ill and disabled children.
Authors:
Walton, Andrea
Abstract:
This research project explores the experience of parents of ill or disabled children. It looks first at the way that language structures the perceived world of disability. Professional people working with these families could benefit from an understanding of the ways that parents adapt during the continuous process of getting to know their child. Counselling is seen as part of the role of many such professionals, but would the parents also appreciate access to a counsellor? This is explored with parents here. During a fairly extensive search through the literature, various areas are highlighted as being relevant in this context. Phenomenology has its origins in philosophical thought and a knowledge of this enables it to be chosen as a research method, this is explored. Eighty-two parents were approached through the medium of a questionnaire, which also asked for volunteers who would agree to be interviewed. Twenty-seven people returned their questionnaires. Seven parents were seen in their own homes after random selection of volunteers. These discussions were audio-taped and analysed. During this process, eight themes arose that were seen to be horizons of the experience of being a parent of a child with either serious illness or disability. Some analysis was made of the returned questionnaires. It is considered that there were some new insights into this area, including the thought that previous exposure to disabled people in a positive setting, did seem to lessen the impact of the disabled child on the parent. Counselling was seen by the majority of parents as a resource they might use if it were available. The number of people seen was small so no generalisations can be made from this survey, but it could be recommended as a na area where there could be useful further inquiry.
Issue Date:
1997
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/90354
Type:
Thesis
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
UKCP Collection

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dc.contributor.authorWalton, Andreaen
dc.date.accessioned2010-01-22T10:46:47Z-
dc.date.available2010-01-22T10:46:47Z-
dc.date.issued1997-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10142/90354-
dc.description.abstractThis research project explores the experience of parents of ill or disabled children. It looks first at the way that language structures the perceived world of disability. Professional people working with these families could benefit from an understanding of the ways that parents adapt during the continuous process of getting to know their child. Counselling is seen as part of the role of many such professionals, but would the parents also appreciate access to a counsellor? This is explored with parents here. During a fairly extensive search through the literature, various areas are highlighted as being relevant in this context. Phenomenology has its origins in philosophical thought and a knowledge of this enables it to be chosen as a research method, this is explored. Eighty-two parents were approached through the medium of a questionnaire, which also asked for volunteers who would agree to be interviewed. Twenty-seven people returned their questionnaires. Seven parents were seen in their own homes after random selection of volunteers. These discussions were audio-taped and analysed. During this process, eight themes arose that were seen to be horizons of the experience of being a parent of a child with either serious illness or disability. Some analysis was made of the returned questionnaires. It is considered that there were some new insights into this area, including the thought that previous exposure to disabled people in a positive setting, did seem to lessen the impact of the disabled child on the parent. Counselling was seen by the majority of parents as a resource they might use if it were available. The number of people seen was small so no generalisations can be made from this survey, but it could be recommended as a na area where there could be useful further inquiry.en
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dc.subjectCounsellingen
dc.subjectPsychotherapyen
dc.subjectPhenomenologyen
dc.subjectDisabled childrenen
dc.subjectParentsen
dc.titleAn investigation into the need for a counselling/psychotherapy service for parents of ill and disabled children.en
dc.typeThesisen
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