Family dilemmas and secrets: Parents' disclosure of information to their adult offspring with learning disabilities

Stuart Todd, Julia Shearn

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Abstract

This paper describes the role parents play in providing knowledge of learning disability to their adult offspring with learning disabilities. Data were derived from an in-depth qualitative study of the nature of parent-adult-offspring co-residence. The findings reveal that while parents recognised and had to deal with the stigma learning disability exerted in their own lives, they had taken steps to prevent their adult offspring from having to deal with similar difficulties. It is argued that it remains the case that learning disability is treated as a stigmatised identity and as such is rendered invisible through the strategic control of information. However, findings point towards the conclusion that there has been a cultural reversal in how this process is managed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)341-366
Number of pages26
JournalDisability and Society
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • learning disabilities
  • kin work
  • biographical work

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