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Title: An exploratory study on needs of parents of adults with a severe learning disability in a residential setting
Authors: Wong, SY
Wong, TKS
Issue Date: 2003
Source: Issues in mental health nursing, 2003, v. 24, no. 8, p. 795-811 How to cite?
Journal: Issues in Mental Health Nursing 
Abstract: Parents are the key figures in the lifelong rehabilitation of adult children with a learning disability, including those who have a severe learning disability (i.e., having an IQ level between 20-25 and 35-40) (Hong Kong Rehabilitation Programme Plan, 1999). To provide specialized care, parents have to cope with a great deal of parenting demands. The purpose of this study was to explore parental needs in caring for adult children with a severe learning disability in residential setting. Focus group research design was adopted. Twenty-five parents of adults with a severe learning disability from a hospital in Hong Kong were invited to participate in five focus group interviews. The data were analysed by content analysis. Inter-coder reliability was established with inter-coder agreement of 0.8. Six broad categories of parental needs were revealed. Findings of the study may assist nurses to plan appropriate care for both the parents and the residents.
ISSN: 0161-2840
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