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Life Course Perspectives in Intellectual Disability Research: The Case of Family Caregiving

Anna J. Esbensen, Marsha Mailick Seltzer and Marty Wyngaarden Krauss

in The Oxford Handbook of Intellectual Disability and Development

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195305012
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195305012.013.0024

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Life Course Perspectives in Intellectual Disability Research: The Case of Family Caregiving

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This chapter examines how a life course perspective contributes to research on families of persons with intellectual disability (ID), highlighting the contribution to research on families of persons with specific genetic syndromes or defined disorders. It considers the applicability of general theories of family development to families of persons with ID. It discusses salient and enduring differences in family development based on having a member with ID. It then presents specific applications of a life course perspective, with a focus on family development when the child has a specific genetic syndrome or defined disorder. The chapter concludes with suggestions for future research.

Keywords: Life course perspective; intellectual disability; families; caregiving

Article.  9472 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Developmental Psychology

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