Title: Quality of life in Flemish families with a child with an intellectual disability: A multilevel study on opinions of family members and the impact of family member and family characteristics
Authors: Vanderkerken, Lien ×
Heyvaert, Mieke
Onghena, Patrick
Maes, Bea #
Issue Date: 18-Aug-2017
Publisher: Springer
Series Title: Applied Research in Quality of Life
Abstract: This study examined family members’ opinions regarding their family quality of life (FQOL). Parents (n = 97) and youngsters (n = 24) of 63 families with a child with an intellectual disability (ID) receiving home-based support completed the Beach Center FQOL Scale. Multilevel models detected substantial variability in FQOL scores and in most subscale scores both within and between families. The observed differences were partly explained by the respondent’s age, the parents’ employment situation, and the support needs of the child with an ID. Role of the family member and gender of the parent could not explain this variability. By including and comparing multiple family members’ opinions, this study contributes to the methodological and conceptual discussions about measuring FQOL.
ISSN: 1871-2584
Publication status: accepted
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Methodology of Educational Sciences
Parenting and Special Education
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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