This book reports on the first substantial UK study of parenting, disability and mental health. It examines the views of parents and children in 75 families. Covering a broad spectrum of issues facing disabled parents and their families, Parenting and disability:
provides a comprehensive review of relevant policy issues;
explores the barriers to full participation in parenting that disabled parents face;
examines the complex ways in which broader social divisions, including gender and socioeconomic status, interact with disability;
advocates measures to support disabled parents and their families by promoting and supporting relationships within the family.
The book is aimed at a wide audience, including students and academics in social policy, social work, disability studies, sociology, education, and nursing, people working in the voluntary sector, disabled activists and their supporters, as well as policy makers and practitioners in a range of statutory agencies.
Richard Olsen is a Research Fellow at the Nuffield Community Care Studies Unit, University of Leicester. Parenting and disability, including issues around 'young caring', are his main research interests. Harriet Clarke is a Lecturer in Psychology and Social Work in the Institute of Applied Social Studies at the University of Birmingham. Her research interests include mental health and parenting.
Contents: Introduction; Invisibility and exclusion; Demographic characteristics of the final sample; Access to support; Children's involvement in domestic and 'caring' work: new insights; The life course: dimensions of change in parenting and disability; Individuals, families and relationships; Conclusion.