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Kapitulation är visdom - inte nederlag!

Rolkert, Therese LU and Olsson, Rickard LU (2012) SOPA63 20112
School of Social Work
Abstract
Capitulation is wisdom - not defeat!

The aim of this study has been an attempt to clarify how parents of children with neuropsychiatric disabilities such as autism, Down syndrome and intellectual disability manage to cope in their everyday life despite the high levels of stress and long term strain it involves being a parent and a caretaker of such a child. We focused our study on the family as a whole system, well aware of the complexity this would arise. Inspired by the salutogenetic perspective coined by A. Antonovsky we looked for the positive factors within the families that causes them to cope rather than searching for the deteriorating and pathogenic. We used two theories: Richard Lazarus’ theory on coping and appraisal and Aaron... (More)
Capitulation is wisdom - not defeat!

The aim of this study has been an attempt to clarify how parents of children with neuropsychiatric disabilities such as autism, Down syndrome and intellectual disability manage to cope in their everyday life despite the high levels of stress and long term strain it involves being a parent and a caretaker of such a child. We focused our study on the family as a whole system, well aware of the complexity this would arise. Inspired by the salutogenetic perspective coined by A. Antonovsky we looked for the positive factors within the families that causes them to cope rather than searching for the deteriorating and pathogenic. We used two theories: Richard Lazarus’ theory on coping and appraisal and Aaron Antonovsky’s theory on “sense of coherence” (SoC). We conducted our study in a qualitative manner and had the opportunity to interview six families with children suffering from neuropsychiatric disabilities using semi-structured interviews. They were parental couples as well as single parents and our analysis is based on the answers we gained from them. According to the law that grants support to persons with these specific disabilities (LSS) it is the disabled person who is the recipient of the support. However, in our point of view, when it comes to children it is rather the family as a whole who in reality ought to be seen as the recipient. Thus we consider the importance of the social worker understanding the life situation of these families in order to assure that the support available may serve as a coping resource to the family, but also to gain a holistic perspective when it comes to understanding the potential resources possessed by these families. All the families we met stated that today, after years of strain, worries and struggle for support, in various ways they had found strategies of coping in order to create a manageable everyday life. (Less)
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author
Rolkert, Therese LU and Olsson, Rickard LU
supervisor
organization
course
SOPA63 20112
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
coping, SoC, KASAM, families with children suffering from neuropsychiatric disabilities, LSS
language
Swedish
id
2767570
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2012-06-14 09:31:57
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2012-06-21 09:29:56
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  abstract     = {Capitulation is wisdom - not defeat!

The aim of this study has been an attempt to clarify how parents of children with neuropsychiatric disabilities such as autism, Down syndrome and intellectual disability manage to cope in their everyday life despite the high levels of stress and long term strain it involves being a parent and a caretaker of such a child. We focused our study on the family as a whole system, well aware of the complexity this would arise. Inspired by the salutogenetic perspective coined by A. Antonovsky we looked for the positive factors within the families that causes them to cope rather than searching for the deteriorating and pathogenic. We used two theories: Richard Lazarus’ theory on coping and appraisal and Aaron Antonovsky’s theory on “sense of coherence” (SoC). We conducted our study in a qualitative manner and had the opportunity to interview six families with children suffering from neuropsychiatric disabilities using semi-structured interviews. They were parental couples as well as single parents and our analysis is based on the answers we gained from them. According to the law that grants support to persons with these specific disabilities (LSS) it is the disabled person who is the recipient of the support. However, in our point of view, when it comes to children it is rather the family as a whole who in reality ought to be seen as the recipient. Thus we consider the importance of the social worker understanding the life situation of these families in order to assure that the support available may serve as a coping resource to the family, but also to gain a holistic perspective when it comes to understanding the potential resources possessed by these families. All the families we met stated that today, after years of strain, worries and struggle for support, in various ways they had found strategies of coping in order to create a manageable everyday life.},
  author       = {Rolkert, Therese and Olsson, Rickard},
  keyword      = {coping,SoC,KASAM,families with children suffering from neuropsychiatric disabilities,LSS},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Kapitulation är visdom - inte nederlag!},
  year         = {2012},
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