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A father anyhow: Experiences of fathering role in fathers with intellectual disability with children in foster care.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences. (Disability and Habilitation)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences. (Funktionshinder och habilitering)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences. (Centrum för forsknings om funktionshinder)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, Centre for Disability Research.
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Experiences of fathering role in fathers with intellectual disability with children in foster care

It is known that some mothers with intellectual disability (ID) with children in placement are in need of individual and adapted support concerning their mothering role. Knowledge if the fathers with ID need support concerning their fathering role is however lacking. The aim was to explore and describe experiences of fathering role and given support in fathers with ID who have children in foster care.

Method

An explorative and qualitative design was used. Men with ID (n=7) who had a child in placement were interviewed with help from an interview guide developed by the researchers. A systematic text condensation was used to analyse the material.

Results

The preliminary results reveal that the fathers accept their situation and are satisfied with their fathering role. The fathers experience that they have opportunities to be employed and time to practice their own interests since the child is taken care of.

Conclusions

The fathers seem to be satisfied and do not demand adapted support as the mothers do. Given that the fathers described satisfaction in their parenting role and relationship with their child, the need for support was not identified. This research has implications for service provision, as services to fathers might look different than services to mothers with ID. However, given that it is an exploratory study with a small sample size, we need to be careful not to state that results are generalizable but can explore possible gender-specific perspectives.     

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2019.
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Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-405919OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-405919DiVA, id: diva2:1410930
Conference
World Congress of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, IASSIDD, 6th-9th august 2019, Glasgow, Scotland
Available from: 2020-03-02 Created: 2020-03-02 Last updated: 2020-03-02

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