Family and Disability Studies Initiative

Mothers with Intellectual Disabilities

Mothers with Intellectual Disabilities from Different Cultural Communities: A Narrative Study

The aim of this study was to dedicate attention to the voices of mothers with intellectual disabilities from minority cultures in Canada by using narrative inquiry. A purposive sample of mothers with intellectual disabilities from different cultural communities in Quebec and Alberta, Canada were recruited. One objective was to uncover the life stories of mothers with intellectual disabilities from different ethno-cultural communities. Another objective, was to explore the meanings they ascribe to motherhood, and how their experience is impacted by ‘critical incidents’ and by their interweaving identities; gender, disability and culture. This study provides further insight into the relationships between individuals (family, upbringing) and wider social constructs.

Publications

Pacheco, L. & McConnell, D. (2017). Love and resistance of mothers with intellectual disability from ethnocultural communities in Canada. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. DOI: 10.1111/jar.12342