Lived Experiences in Decision making Among Parents with Intellectually Disabled Adults
Parents may face difficult decisions as their children with intellectual disabilities reach adulthood. The purpose of this study was to explore the lived experiences of parents of individuals with Intellectual Disabilities placing their child in adult home settings. Results of the study were intended to inform counselors of the struggles parents experience when confronting challenges of placing their grown children into alternative living arrangements. Counselors are not always well-informed about this topic due in large part to a lack of existing literature. Based on a study by Kay (2017), this hermeneutic qualitative analysis examined the lived experiences of 10 parents who have had to make difficult decisions of placing their adult children with intellectual disabilities in group home settings. Results of a thematic analysis produced variables of best option, physical aggression, death, caregiver medical conditions, and more. Results, outcome themes, and recommendations for future research are discussed in terms of clinician intervention when working with parents of adult or grown children with intellectual disabilities.
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