What is it about?

The aim of this paper is to report the views and experiences of fathers following their child’s diagnosis of an intellectual and developmental disability (IDD). A total of ten Irish fathers participated in face-to-face interviews. The data were thematically analysed.

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Why is it important?

This study informs and develops a further understanding of the international evidence-base of fathers receiving a confirmation of a child’s diagnosis of an intellectual and developmental disability, the impact of the diagnosis on fathers and their motivation to share their stories to add to the disability research. Health and social care practitioners have important contributions to make in meeting the needs of fathers.


There are specific areas to consider in terms of practice, education and research that require further attention and development to ensure fathers’ distinct needs regarding their child’s diagnosis of IDD are known and responded to effectively.

Dr Edward McCann
City, University of London

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This page is a summary of: The views and experiences of fathers regarding their young child’s intellectual and developmental disability diagnosis: Findings from a qualitative study, Journal of Clinical Nursing, June 2020, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1111/jocn.15368.
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