Family and Disability Studies Initiative

The Supported Learning Program

Enhancing the social connectedness of mothers with intellectual impairment: Alberta pilot of the Supported Learning Program

Mothers with intellectual impairment tend to have smaller social networks and report lower levels of social sup-port than other mothers. This social isolation is linked to higher levels of maternal stress, anxiety and depression, and in turn, poor child outcomes. The Supported Learning Program (SLP) is a flexible, group-based program designed to strengthen the social relationships and improve the psychological well-being of mothers with intellectual impairment. The aim of this study was to trial the SLP in Alberta.

This project was partially supported by funding from PolicyWise for Children and Families (formerly the Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research).

 

Publications

McConnell, D., Feldman, M., Aunos, M., Pacheco, L., Savage, A., Hahn, L. Dube, C., Chenier, S. & Park, E. (2016). Ameliorating psychosocial risk among mothers with intellectual impairment. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health. DOI: 10.1007/s10597-015-9979-9