Exploring fathers' perspectives on family-centered services for families of children with disabilities

Ayelet Gur, Tali Noy Hindi

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Abstract

Background: Family-centered service is recognized as a recommended approach to help families of children with disabilities. However, the Israeli family-centered program does not explicitly propose intervention strategies for fathers of children with disabilities. Aims: This study explored fathers' perspectives on family-centered services for families of children with disabilities and focused on their use of the services and experiences with them. Methods and procedures: We employed a mixed-methods design using an online survey completed by 33 fathers of children with disabilities who participated in the Israeli family-centered program for families of children with disabilities. Data analyses included descriptive statistics and conventional content analysis. Outcomes and results: The majority of fathers said the Israeli family-centered program fit their needs. Participation in the program yielded psychological, familial, and social benefits. Psychologically, the program allowed fathers to mentally recharge and grow. In addition, more than three-quarters of the fathers thought their participation strengthened their family, as evidenced in more shared experiences, more effective family communication, and positive feelings. They also appreciated society's recognition of their unique life circumstances. Conclusions and implications: Family-centered services should make special efforts to reach out to fathers and create father-friendly services.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104199
JournalResearch in Developmental Disabilities
Volume124
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2022

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Keywords

  • Disability
  • Families
  • Family-centered approach
  • Fathers
  • Services use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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