Family Well-being and Children with Intellectual Disability

Laraine Masters Glidden

in The Oxford Handbook of Intellectual Disability and Development

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195305012
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Family Well-being and Children with Intellectual Disability


This chapter examines the variability of parents' reactions to rearing children with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (IDD) in order to provide tentative conclusions regarding the factors that influence it. The intent is to update the review of published research, concentrating on the years since 1997 to avoid duplication with the 1998 reviews of Minnes and Shapiro et al. It highlights research with children with intellectual disability (ID), although evidence from studies of children with other developmental disabilities is included when it is conceptually and scientifically relevant. The chapter focuses on parental emotional responses and parent and family well-being, attending to positive emotions such as feelings of satisfaction, reward, pride, and happiness, as well as negative emotions such as depression, pessimism, anxiety, and anger.

Keywords: Intellectual disability; developmental disability; child-rearing; child care; parental emotional response; family well-being

Article.  11719 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Developmental Psychology

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