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Title: An exploratory study of parents' perceived educational needs for parenting a child with learning disabilities
Authors: Chien, WT 
Lee, IYM
Keywords: Chinese
family health
learning disorders
parenting
qualitative research
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Elsevier Science Inc
Source: Asian nursing research, 2013, v. 7, no. 1, p. 16-25 How to cite?
Journal: Asian Nursing Research 
Abstract: Purpose: This exploratory, qualitative study was conducted to explore Chinese couples' perceived educational needs for parenting a child with specific learning difficulties (SLD). Methods: We recruited a purposive sample of 25 couples who were caring for a child with SLD at home from one regional child mental health center in Hong Kong. Data were collected from individual couples via audio-taped, semi-structured interviews between April and June 2011. Each interview lasted for about an hour. We analyzed the interview data using qualitative content analysis, as suggested by Graneheim and Lundman (2004).
Results: Four identified categories of parents' perceived educational needs were information needs for caregiving, a variety of health concerns with themselves and their child, inadequate psychosocial support, and perceived stigma attached to help-seeking. These results reveal challenges and information for mental health professionals in providing effective educational and psychosocial support and culture-specific health care for these families and their children with learning disabilities.
Conclusion: Our findings indicate a few important educational needs of parents in caring for a child with SLD that might be underestimated by mental health professionals and teachers, such as psychological support and information needs. To facilitate effective parenting, holistic and individualized needs assessment and education should be provided to address each parent's biopsychosocial and cultural needs in relation to caregiving.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/10089
ISSN: 1976-1317
DOI: 10.1016/j.anr.2013.01.003
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