“Someone will come in and say I’m doing it wrong.”: The Perspectives of Fathers with Learning Disabilities in England.

Jon Symonds, David Abbott, Daryl Dugdale

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Abstract

Background: This article reports on the perspectives of fathers with a learning disability in England about being fathers and the support they have received. Although there is an established literature that considers parenting with a learning disability, few studies have focused on the perspectives of fathers. Method: We adopted a qualitative approach for this study, using semi-structured interviews with eight fathers with learning disabilities, recruited through learning disability organisations and social media. The data was analysed using thematic analysis. Results: Being a father was important to participants and the findings are presented in three themes: descriptions of fatherhood; challenges of fatherhood; and support with fatherhood. Conclusion: We discuss how fathers’ perspectives on fatherhood relate to wider transformations of fatherhood in society, the impact of these on fathering with a learning disability and the implications for services.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
JournalBritish Journal of Learning Disabilities
Early online date29 Oct 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 29 Oct 2020

Structured keywords

  • SPS Children and Families Research Centre

Keywords

  • family
  • family support
  • gender
  • learning (intellectual) disabilities
  • parenting
  • parents with learning disabilities

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