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Tolerating Uncertainty: Perceptions of the Future for Ageing Parent Carers and Their Adult Children with Intellectual Disabilities

Pryce, Laura and Tweed, Alison and Hilton, Amanda and PRIEST, Helena (2015) Tolerating Uncertainty: Perceptions of the Future for Ageing Parent Carers and Their Adult Children with Intellectual Disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 30 (1). pp. 84-96. ISSN 13602322

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Background
Improved life expectancy means that more adults with intellectual disabilities are now living with ageing parents. This study explored older families' perceptions of the future.

Methods
Semi-structured interviews were conducted with nine older parents and three adults with intellectual disabilities and analysed to produce an explanatory thematic framework.

Results
‘Tolerating uncertainty’ was the major theme in participants' attempts to manage anxieties about the future, encompassing sub-themes of ‘accepting the parenting role’, ‘facing challenges’, ‘being supported/isolated’, ‘positive meaning making’, ‘re-evaluating as time moves on’ and ‘managing future thinking’. Some participants expressed preferences for their future which were in contrast to their parents' views, and provide a unique perspective that has often been neglected in prior research.

Conclusions
This research has found commonalities in how families tolerate the uncertainty of the future, but also unique differences that require tailored interventions and prospective action by services.

Item Type: Article
Faculty: Previous Faculty of Health Sciences > Nursing and Midwifery
Depositing User: Paul JOHNSON
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2017 13:51
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2017 13:51
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/2956

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