What is it about?

This study highlights that when the child’s intellectual disability (ID) is confirmed, fathers experience a diverse range of mixed emotions. Health and social care practitioners including nurses need to be aware of the impact of the diagnosis upon fathers.

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Why is it important?

This study highlights the importance of a range of health and social care practitioners need to recognise the emotional impact of a diagnosis of ID and how the process of assessment and disclosure can influence how fathers adapt over time.


Fathers need to be afforded the opportunity to discuss their experiences of receiving a confirmation that their child has an ID and the impact of such a diagnosis. This will allow an opportunity for health and social care practitioners to further understand and improve support across the care trajectory when disclosing a child’s IDD.

Dr Edward McCann
City, University of London

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This page is a summary of: The Views and Experiences of Fathers of Children with Intellectual Disabilities: A Systematic Review of the International Evidence, Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities, January 2020, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1111/jppi.12328.
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