About Down's Syndrome : A Grounded Theory Approach to Understand Paternal Adjustment

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A Grounded Theory approach to understand paternal adjustment to parenting a child with Down’s Syndrome: his role, satisfaction and contribution to family functioning


Anna Ridding is a second-year trainee on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology course at the University of Liverpool. As part her course, Anna is required to carry out a piece of research for her thesis. She is particularly interested in this research area due to personal experience.

Dr James Williams

Dr Lesley Taylor

Outline of the research

The purpose of the study is to explore father’s experiences of parenting a child with Down’s Syndrome (DS).  The study will aim to explore father’s experiences and discover how fathers adjust to parenting a child with DS, their satisfaction, and support provision, impact on roles within the family, and views and expectations for the future.  Fathers are an under-researched group, compared to mothers of children with DS, and therefore it is important that father’s experiences are explored further.  If you are an English-speaking father with a child with DS (aged 10 or under), please contact Anna Ridding on the details below.

Contact details

Email: aridding@liverpool.ac.uk | Tel. 0151 795 5446

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