Human capabilities of South African parents who have children with developmental disabilities

African Journal of Disability

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Title Human capabilities of South African parents who have children with developmental disabilities
Creator Magidigidi, Lumka Roman, Nicolette V. Sonn, Inge K.
Subject Primary care human capabilities; freedoms; opportunities; developmental disability; parents; children with disabilities; family; capabilities approach; South Africa.
Description Background: Parenting a child with a developmental disability (DD) has a substantial influence on the lives of the parents or caregivers, as well as on how the family operates. This is frequently because of the adjustments in some daily practices that are crucial for parents’ or caregivers’ human capabilities to provide for childcare. There is not enough research done on human capabilities of parents or children with DD in South Africa.Objectives: This study investigated the available support in improving the human capabilities of parents or caregivers with children with DD and the bodily health and bodily integrity human capabilities of parents or caregivers with children with DD.Method: Qualitative interviews were conducted with 11 parents or caregivers of children aged between 1 and 8 years old with DD. This study used snowball sampling. Thematic data analysis was chosen to analyse the data collected.Results: The results of the study indicate that participants have difficulties bringing up their children because of the emotional strain that goes along with parenting a child with DD. In addition, participants were not able to afford decent and satisfactory shelter and had limited access to good quality food because they could not afford it.Conclusion: A lack of social support and care burden influences parents’ or caregivers’ ability to raise their child with developmental disability.Contribution: The study contains helpful information about families of children with DD in under-resourced locations. The information may be of significance to policymakers who are accountable for designing and executing policies that are targeted at assisting parents or caregivers of children with DD.
Publisher AOSIS
Contributor University of the Western Cape
Date 2023-06-19
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Qualitative Research
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/ajod.v12i0.1155
Source African Journal of Disability; Vol 12 (2023); 10 pages 2226-7220 2223-9170
Language eng
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Coverage Africa, South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town, Kraaifontein and Fisantekraal 27 August 2019 – 27 August 2020 20-56, 10 Females and 1 male , 10 Black and 1 coloured, 10 Unemployed 1 employed
Rights Copyright (c) 2023 Lumka Magidigidi, Nicolette V. Roman, Inge K. Sonn