Born To Challenge. Adjustment and Personal Growth of Adults Raised by a Parent with a Mental or an Intellectual Disability

Catalog #640| Supervised by: Prof. Liora Findler

This work was supported by a grant from Shalem Fund

Progress in the discourse and legislation concerning the human rights of people with disabilities has led to the realization of their rights across many life domains, including the right to marry and to bear children.  With regard to the potential impact of disability on parenting, most research until now has focused on parenting as experienced by the parents themselves. However when exploring the implications of parenting, the perspective of the child – a crucial component of the context – remain under-researched.

The objective of this study was to explore the unique and combined contribution of intrapersonal factors (attachment orientation and self-esteem), social-ecological factors (social support), and coping strategies – the three representing protective factors – in the adjustment (mental health) and personal growth of adults raised by a parent with a mental or intellectual disability (a risk factor operationalized by perceived stress and parental bonding). A comparative analysis assessed these factors alongside a sample population of adults raised by parents without a disability


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Key words

People with intellectual developmental disabilities

Parents with a disability

Mental Disability



Equal Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Shalem Fund study



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