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Families and disability: being resilient together.An exploratory research on the reciprocalrepresentations of families and educators

Everri, Marina, Franchomme, Laura and Gandini, Raffaella (2011) Families and disability: being resilient together.An exploratory research on the reciprocalrepresentations of families and educators. Rivista di Studi Familiari, 16 (2). pp. 73-89. ISSN 2282-2011

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Abstract

This article presents a qualitative research intended to explore the characteristics of the relationship between educators of educational/rehabilitation services, children with disability and their family members. Specifically, we considered: (a) the educators’ implicit theories, or representations, of families with a child with disability and their effect on the educators’ professional practices, (b) the family representations of the educational/rehabilitation services and (c) the processes of resilience activated to cope with the disability. Twenty-two educators participated in three focus groups, and three families with a child with disability (age range: 9-15) were interviewed and video-recorded in their homes. Results show a partial overlap between educators’ and families’ representations. Implications for the development of a participatory and co-evolutionary approach that strengthen the resilience of families and their children with disability are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://journals.padovauniversitypress.it/ijfs/
Additional Information: © 2011 Universita degli Studi di Padova
Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Sets: Departments > Social Psychology
Departments > Psychological and Behavioural Science
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2016 12:31
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 18:40
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/65228

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