Perceived needs among parents of children with a mild intellectual disability in Sweden

Karina Huus, Lena, M Olsson, Elisabeth Elgmark Andersson, Mats Granlund, Lilly Augustine

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Parents of children with a mild intellectual disability experience more distress and require more support than other parents. The aim was to investigate the perceived family needs of parents of children with an MID and to investigate the relationship between parents’ perceived self-efficacy in their parental role and in collaborating with professionals as well as with their perceived needs for support. Interviews were based on questionnaires to the parents of 38 children. The results revealed that parents perceived need for information, respite, and venues in which to meet other parents in similar situations. The informational needs were related to parental self-efficacy and obtaining support. A lower need for information was related to higher perceived control over services. In conclusion, it appears that professionals need to work to strengthen parents’ ability to ask for support and to express the needs. Well-informed parents will develop stronger parental self-efficacy and perceived control over services.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-317
Number of pages10
JournalScandinavian Journal of Disability Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Social Work (50402)
  • Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology (30302)


  • Child
  • intellectual disability
  • need assessment
  • self-efficacy


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