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Mothers’ experiences of their adopted child being diagnosed with and intellectual/learning disability

onlineteamAUK August 1, 2021 18:04

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Calling adoptive Mums whose children have a learning disability: New university research project needs you! Researchers at Leicester Uni are looking for mothers whose adopted child was diagnosed after adoption, during primary school years. Please contact Louise Camm-Crosbie [email protected] for more info or visit

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Serrakunda27 August 1, 2021 20:26

what about adoptive dads?

Donatella August 1, 2021 22:46

Why only mothers? Do adoptive fathers not have adjustments to make as well?

Safia August 3, 2021 13:53

I always assume when I see “mothers” they mean both - and vice versa - so if I was a Dad and wanted to contribute I would reply. I’ve emailed - as I’ve plenty to say - and it’s complex not simple as you know - but haven’t heard back or had an acknowledgement yet

onlineteamAUK August 4, 2021 08:38

The researcher Louise Camm-Crosbie wanted to clarify her reasons for just focusing on adoptive mothers in this particular study:

"Thank you very much for the comments about the importance of considering the experiences of fathers.

It is not our intention at all to suggest that only the experiences of mothers are relevant, or to imply that mothers should be regarded as the primary caregivers. This was designed as a very tightly focused piece of research, and the methodology we are using requires us to interview a small number of participants who have similar characteristics, including their gender.

We agree with the importance of challenging gender-stereotypes about parenting, though because these stereotypes can impact upon experiences of fathering and mothering, we decided to focus on one gender and in this case mothers.

We are keen to develop more research projects in this area and could very feasibly develop a follow-up study focusing on father’s experiences."

Best wishes, Online Team AUK

Donatella August 4, 2021 09:22

So if that’s the case, why mothers and not fathers? They share the same gender, do they not? Maybe they fathers have less time, are less inclined to respond …. Maybe their time is more valuable? They may want to challenge gender stereotyping but this is exactly what they’re not doing here

Edited 07/08/2021


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