Parents' experiences of the provision of community-based family support and therapy services utilizing the strengths approach and natural learning environments

Carlson, Glenys, Armitstead, Clare, Rodger, Sylvia and Liddle, Gwen (2010) Parents' experiences of the provision of community-based family support and therapy services utilizing the strengths approach and natural learning environments. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 23 6: 560-572. doi:10.1111/j.1468-3148.2010.00562.x


Author Carlson, Glenys
Armitstead, Clare
Rodger, Sylvia
Liddle, Gwen
Title Parents' experiences of the provision of community-based family support and therapy services utilizing the strengths approach and natural learning environments
Journal name Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1360-2322
1468-3148
Publication date 2010-11-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1468-3148.2010.00562.x
Volume 23
Issue 6
Start page 560
End page 572
Total pages 13
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background
In recent years, community based therapy service providers have explored different service delivery models to optimize child and family outcomes. This qualitative study aimed to explore parents’ experiences of one particular service team that adopted a strengths approach, utilizing natural learning environments.

Materials and methods 
Nine parents undertook in-depth, semi-structured interviews that were taped, transcribed, and examined using thematic content analysis. Rigour was ensured through peer and member checking, field journals and an audit trail.

Results 
Several key themes emerged including; families’ initial experiences of the service, their views of their child with a disability, their hopes for the future, and their experiences of receiving intervention from the team.

Conclusions 
Parents were generally positive about the adoption of a strengths approach. ‘Working together’, ‘being positive’ and ‘information exchange’ were the main themes that parents’ attributed to their positive experiences with the service.


Keyword Family-centred practice
Family issues
Qualitative
Satisfaction
Service provision
Strengths
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2011 Collection
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Publications
 
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