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Modeling contextual influences on parents with intellectual disability and their children

Wade, C., Llewellyn, G., Matthews, J.,

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Many parents with intellectual disability experience living conditions associated with risk for children and parents. This study used structural equation modelling to test a theoretical model of the relationships among parent, child, family, and contextual variables in 120 Australian families where a parent had an intellectual disability. Findings revealed that parenting practices had a direct effect on children's well-being, that social support was associated with children's well-being through the mediator of parenting practices, and that access to social support had a direct influence on parenting practices. Implications of the findings for research, intervention, and policy are explored, with the goal of promoting optimal well-being for children who are raised by parents with intellectual disability.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Health and wellbeing, Social relationships

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