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The effects of adapting their home on the meaning of home for families with a disabled child

Morgan, Deborah, Reagon, Carly and Boniface, Gail 2016. The effects of adapting their home on the meaning of home for families with a disabled child. Disability & Society 31 (14) , pp. 481-496. 10.1080/09687599.2016.1183475

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Abstract

This article describes part of a mixed-method study investigating family and professional perspectives on home adaptations for disabled children. The methods were an online survey of staff involved in adaptations processes (n =39), semi-structured interviews with families with disabled children (n = 48) and an online survey for families (n = 16). One of the wider study’s recommendations was that families need to be enabled to engage with processes proactively. This article focuses on families’ experiences of the meaning attributed to adapting the home and highlights that, although satisfied with the completed adaptation, families were dissatisfied with the process they had been through. Thus, despite the need for the meaning of home being central to the adaptation process, families felt excluded from the process as it progressed. This had a negative impact on the continuing use of the adaptation and affected the meaning of home for families with a disabled child.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Meaning of home; adaptations; disabled; independence; children; families
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Funders: NISCHR
Date of Acceptance: 25 April 2016
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2019 02:33
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/91859

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