1) Inappropriate behavior toward the child in society
2) Society's failure to support the child with intellectual disability
3) Sorrows experienced by parents
4) The child's problems
5) Barriers in the care of the child with intellectual disability
6) Limitations due to aging
These results suggest that older adult parents of children with intellectual disabilities experience many sorrows and unpleasant feelings. However, further investigation reveals that they mostly consider the social factors as the cause of problems and not the presence of the child. Results also indicate that older parents cannot look after the child in their old age as they did in earlier years. This gives them another level of concern. More research s needed on how these older adults can be supported better by society while maintaining their own quality of life.
Frances Shani Parker, Author
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