Permanency planning among aging Chinese mothers as caregivers of adult-children with developmental disability

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Permanency planning among aging Chinese mothers as caregivers of adult-children with developmental disability


Author: Lau, Miu-chun
Title: Permanency planning among aging Chinese mothers as caregivers of adult-children with developmental disability
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2000
Subject: Developmentally disabled -- Care -- China -- Hong Kong
Developmentally disabled -- Services for -- China -- Hong Kong
Parents of children with disabilities -- China -- Hong Kong
Mothers -- China -- Hong Kong
Caregivers -- China -- Hong Kong
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Multi-disciplinary Studies
Dept. of Nursing and Health Sciences
Pages: iv, 115, [6] leaves : ill. ; 30 cm
Language: English
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Abstract: Attention has been given to the accelerating numbers of adults with developmental disability and the aging parents who care for them at home. There has been a lack of attention in Hong Kong for how these parents cope with the future when they are no longer able to be the caregivers. In view of the unknown areas, the study aims at gaining an in-depth understanding on the meanings of permanency planning among aging Chinese mothers of adult-children with developmental disability. Factors affecting the process of making permanency planning are to be identified. It also aims at describing the needs of the aging caregivers and their adult-children that have not met by the existing support services, particularly in relation to permanency planning. The study is qualitative in nature and case study approach is adopted. Data was collected from ten aging Chinese mothers through individual interviews and focus group discussion. Each of them acted as storytellers telling about their unique experience. Insightful understanding of permanency planning of aging mothers can be generated. Data analysis was done mainly through the framework of family life cycle and the influences from the interactions of different subsystems within the family. Thus, stressors and positive adaptations across stages could be identified. Cultural factors and gender issue were also discussed throughout the analysis. Permanency planning has long been regarded as a future arrangement happened at the later stage of life in previous studies. However, the findings of this study revealed that permanency planning is not a discrete event but an ongoing process across the stages of family life cycle. Meanings of permanency planning do not only confine to living arrangement, financial security, and legal protection but also include marriage, life long attachment, and planning for the future quality of life.

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