Contextualizing Wellbeing Among Families of Adolescents with Developmental Disabilities (78366)

Session Information: Education & Differences: Counselling, Guidance, and Adjustment in Education
Session Chair: Brian Moore

Wednesday, 27 March 2024 09:40
Session: Session 1
Room: Room 609
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

This multiple case study determines family perceptions and family initiatives to foster the wellbeing of adolescents with developmental disabilities. Seven families and their adolescents with developmental disabilities residing in Metro Manila were selected. Qualitative data was gathered through interviews and field observations. Analysis of data was performed through a within-case analysis of each family unit wherein a detailed description of each case and themes within the case were generated. This was followed by a cross-case synthesis that involved further thematic analysis by aggregating findings from each family case. The results revealed nine major themes that represent family perceptions on the wellbeing of adolescents with developmental disabilities. These include: being provided lifelong support by the family, learning functional life skills, being productive despite the disability, being independent despite limitations, living with dignity despite the disability, addressing health and safety independently, experiencing belongingness and being included in the community, raising own family beyond limitations of disability and developing spirituality and trusting in God’s provisions despite challenges of the disability. These findings were used to create a contextualization of wellbeing perceived by families as important for the wellbeing of their child. Also, it includes family initiatives that may foster and sustain their wellbeing over time, thus, enabling them to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives. The study also revealed that some family perceptions on wellbeing and ways that they foster wellbeing are culture-bound and inherent to the Filipino family and kinship.

Sarah Grace Candelario, University of the Philippines, Philippines

About the Presenter(s)
Ms. Sarah Grace L. Candelario is an assistant professor in the Special Education Area of the University of the Philippines Diliman. Her interests include research involving children and persons with disabilities.

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