Family and Disability Studies Initiative

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

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 

Wołowicz‐Ruszkowska, A., & McConnell, D. (2017). The experience of adult children of mothers with intellectual disability: A qualitative retrospective study from Poland. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities.DOI: 10.1111/jar.12322 

Emerson, E. & Savage, A. (2017). Acute Respiratory Infection, Diarrhoea and Fever in Young Children at Risk of Intellectual Disability in 24 Low-and Middle-income countries. Public Health, 142, 85–93.

McConnell, D., Savage, A., Breitkreuz, R., & Sobsey, R. (2016). Sustainable family care for children with disabilities. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25(2), 530-544. DOI: 10.1007/s10826-015-0245-0

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

Savage, A., & McConnell, D. (2016). The marital status of disabled women in Canada: a population-based analysis. Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, 18(4), 295-303. DOI: 10.1080/15017419.2015.1081616

McConnell, D., Hahn, L., Savage, A., Dube, C., & Park, E. (2016). Suicidal ideation among adults with disability in Western Canada: A brief report. Community Mental Health Journal, 52(5), 519-526. DOI: 10.1007/s10597-015-9911-3

Savage, A. & Emerson, E. (2016). Overweight and Obesity among Children at Risk of Intellectual Disability in 20 Low and Middle Income Countries. The Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 60(11), 1128-1135. DOI: 10.1111/jir.12309

McConnell, D., Parakkal, M., Savage, A., & Rempel, G. (2015). Parent-mediated intervention: adherence and adverse effects. Disability and Rehabilitation, 37(10), 864-872. DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2014.946157

McConnell, D., & Savage, A. (2015). Stress and Resilience among Families Caring for Children with Intellectual Disability: Expanding the Research Agenda. Current Developmental Disorders Reports, 2(2), 100-109. DOI:10.1007/s40474-015-0040-z

McConnell, D., Savage, A., Sobsey, R., & Uditsky, B. (2015). Benefit-finding or finding benefits? The positive impact of having a disabled child. Disability & Society, 30(1), 29-45. DOI:10.1080/09687599.2014.984803

Savage, A., McConnell, D., Emerson, E. & Llewellyn, G. (2014). Disability-based inequity in youth subjective well-being: current findings and future directions. Disability & Society, 29(6), 877-892. DOI:10.1080/09687599.2014.880331

Breitkreuz, R., Wunderli, L., Savage, A., & McConnell, D. (2014). Rethinking resilience in families of children with disabilities: A socioecological approach. Community, Work and Family, 17(3), 346-365. DOI:10.1080/13668803.2014.893228

McConnell, D., Savage, A. & Breitkreuz, R. (2014). Resilience in families raising children with disabilities and behavior problems. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35(4), 833-848. DOI:10.1016/j.ridd.2014.01.015

Hodgetts, S., Savage, A. & McConnell, D. (2013). Experience and outcomes of Stepping Stones Triple P for families of children with autism. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34(9),2572–2585. DOI: 10.1016/j.ridd.2013.05.005

McConnell, D. Breitkreuz, R. & Savage, A. (2013). Parent needs and family support service outcomes in a Canadian sample. Journal of Social Work, 13(5), 447-470. DOI: 10.1177/1468017311434819

Hyun, E., Hahn, L. and McConnell, D. (2013). Experiences of people with learning disabilities in the criminal justice system. British Journal of Learning Disabilities. DOI: 10.1111/bld.12076

Aunos, M., & Pacheco, L. (2013). Changing perspective: Workers' perceptions of inter-agency collaboration with parents with an intellectual disability. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 7(5), 658-674. DOI: 10.1080/15548732.2013.852153

Hodgetts, S., Nicholas, D., Zwaigenbaum, L., & McConnell, D. (2013). Parents’ and professionals’ perceptions of family-centered care for children with autism spectrum disorder across service sectors. Social Science & Medicine, 96, 138-146.

McConnell, D. Breitkreuz, R. & Savage, A. (2012). Independent evaluation of the Triple P Positive Parenting Program in family support service settings. Child & Family Social Work, 17(1), 43-54. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2206.2011.00771.x

Feldman, M., McConnell, D. & Aunos, M. (2012). Parental Cognitive Impairment, Mental Health, and Child Outcomes in a Child Protection Population. Journal of Mental Health in Intellectual Disabilities, 5 (1), 66-90. DOI: 10.1080/19315864.2011.587632

Breitkreuz, R., McConnell, D., Savage, A. Hamilton, A. (2011). Integrating Triple P into Existing Family Support Services: A Case Study on Program Implementation. Prevention Science, 12(4), 411-22. DOI: 10.1007/s11121-011-0233-6

McConnell, D. Breitkreuz, R. & Savage, A. (2011). From financial hardship to child difficulties: main and moderating effects of perceived social support. Child: care, health and development, 37(5), 679–691. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2214.2010.01185.x

Mayes, R., Llewellyn, G. & McConnell, D. (2011). “That's who I choose to be”: The mother identity for women with intellectual disabilities. Women's Studies International Forum, 34(2), 112–120.

Westad, C. & McConnell, D. (2011). Child Welfare Involvement of Mothers with Mental Health Issues. Community Mental Health Journal. DOI: 10.1007/s10597-011-9374-0

McConnell, D., Feldman, M., Aunos, M. & Prasad, N. (2010). Child Maltreatment Investigations Involving Parents With Cognitive Impairments in Canada. Child Maltreatment, 16(1), 21-32. DOI: 10.1177/1077559510388843

Llewellyn, G., McConnell, D., Gething, L., Cant, R., & Kendig, H. (2010). Health status and coping strategies among older parent-carers of adults with intellectual disabilities in an Australian sample. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 31, 1176-1186. DOI: 10.1016/j.ridd.2010.08.003

Hill, A. Mayes, R. & McConnell, D. (2010). Transition to independent accommodation for adults with Schizophrenia. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 33(3), 228–231. DOI:

Llewellyn, G., Bundy, A., Mayes, R., McConnell, D., Emerson, E. & Brentnall, J. (2010). Development and Psychometric Properties of the Family Life Interview. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 23, 52- 62. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-3148.2009.00545.x

Lovat, A., Mayes, R., McConnell, D. & Clemson, L. (2010). Family caregivers’ perceptions of hospital-based allied health services post-stroke: Use of the Measure of Processes of Care to investigate processes of care. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 57, 167-173. DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1630.2009.00828.x

McConnell, D., Dalziel, A., Llewellyn, G., Laidlaw, K. & Hindmarsh, G. (2009). Strengthening the social relationships of mothers with learning difficulties. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 37, 66–75. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-3156.2008.00526.x

Mill, A., Mayes, R. & McConnell, D. (2009). Negotiating autonomy within the family: the experiences of young adults with intellectual disabilities, British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 38, 194–200. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-3156.2009.00575.x

Llewellyn, G., Mayes, R., & McConnell, D. (2008). Editorial. Towards acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disability as parents. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disability, 21, 293-295. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-3148.2008.00443.x

McConnell, D. (2008) Parents labeled with intellectual disability: position of the IASSID SIRG on Parents and Parenting with Intellectual Disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disability, 21, 296-307. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-3148.2008.00435.x

McConnell, D., Matthews, J., Llewellyn G., Mildon, R., & Hindmarsh, G. (2008). Healthy Start. A national strategy for children of parents with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, 5(3), 194-202. DOI: 10.1111/j.1741-1130.2008.00173.x

McConnell, D., Mayes, R., Llewellyn, G. (2008). Pre-partum distress in women with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 33(2), 177-183. DOI:

Mayes, R., Llewellyn, G., & McConnell, D. (2008). Active negotiation: Mothers with intellectual disabilities creating their social support networks. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disability, 21, 341-350. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-3148.2008.00448.x

McConnell, D., Mayes, R., Llewellyn, G. (2008). Women with intellectual disability at risk of adverse pregnancy and birth outcomes. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 52, 529-535. DOI:10.1111/j.1365-2788.2008.01061.x

Grace, R., Llewellyn, G., Wedgewood, N., Fenech, M., & McConnell, D. (2008). Far from ideal: Everyday experiences of parents and teachers negotiating an inclusive early childhood experience in an Australian context. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 28(1), 18-30. DOI: 10.1177/0271121407313525

McConnell, D., & Llewellyn, G. (2006). Health of mothers of school-age children with disabilities. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 30(6), 572-4. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-842X.2006.tb00789.x

Schneider, J., Wedgewood, N., Llewellyn, G., & McConnell, D. (2006). Families changed by and accommodating to the adolescent years. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 50(12), 926-936. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2788.2006.00925.x

Mayes, R,. Llewellyn, G., McConnell, D. (2006). Misconception: The experience of pregnancy for women with intellectual disabilities. Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, 8(2-3), 120-131. DOI:

Booth, T., McConnell, D., & Booth, W. (2006). Temporal discrimination and parents with learning difficulties in the child protection system. British Journal of Social Work, 36(6), 997-1015. DOI:

McConnell, D., Llewellyn, G.& Ferronato, L. (2006). Context contingent decision-making in child protection practice. International Journal of Social Welfare, 15, 230-239. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2397.2006.00409.x

McConnell, D., & Llewellyn, G. (2005). Social inequality, the deviant parent and child protection practice. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 40(4), 553-566. DOI: 10.1002/j.1839-4655.2005.tb00987.x

Sharpe, L., Butow, P., Smith, C., McConnell, D., & Clarke, S. (2005). The relationship between available support, unmet needs and caregiver burden in patients with advanced cancer and their carers. Psycho-Oncology, 14(2), 102-114. DOI:10.1002/pon.825

Sharpe, L., Butow, P., Smith, C., McConnell, D., & Clarke, S. (2005). Changes in quality of life in patients with advanced cancer: Evidence of response shift and response restriction. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 58, 497-504. DOI: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2005.02.017

Booth, T., Booth, W., & McConnell, D. (2005). Care Proceedings and Parents with Learning Difficulties: Comparative Prevalence and Outcomes in an English and Australian Court Sample. Child & Family Social Work, 10, 353-360. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2206.2005.00378.x

Booth, T., Booth, W., & McConnell, D. (2005). The prevalence and outcomes of care proceedings involving parents with learning difficulties in the family courts. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 18, 7-17. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-3148.2004.00204.x

Llewellyn, G., McConnell, D., Thompson, K., & Whybrow, S. (2005). Out of home placement of school-age children with disabilities and high support needs. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 18, 1-6. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-3148.2004.00201.x