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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition
ISSN: 1606-0997
EISSN: 1606-0997
Vol. 38, No. 1, 2019, pp. 1-9
Bioline Code: hn19009
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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The Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition, Vol. 38, No. 1, 2019, pp. 1-9

 en Coping strategies of families of persons with learning disability in Imo state of Nigeria
Chukwu, Ngozi E.; Okoye, Uzoma O.; Onyeneho, Nkechi G. & Okeibunor, Joseph C.


Background: Coping with a relative with a learning disability could be a stressful experience for family members. The present study is aimed at exploring the coping strategies adopted by families in trying to make meaning of their situation.

Method: A qualitative study design using focus group discussions (FGDs) was adopted. Ten FGD sessions were held with family members of persons with a learning disability.

Results: Findings revealed patterns of family coping to include problem-focused, emotion-focused, and spiritual/religious-focused. Also, coping responses to a learning disability varied based on the level of information available to families about the condition of their relative. In some cases, interspousal relationship was strained due to stress.

Conclusion: It was recommended that families of persons with a learning disability need social support and professional help from social workers to facilitate the adoption of more positive-oriented coping strategies by family members.

Learning disability; Coping; Coping strategies; Families; Nigeria

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