IJSSH 2017 Vol.7(9): 655-660 ISSN: 2010-3646
doi: 10.18178/ijssh.2017.V7.902

Disabled Individuals’ Family Relations  Practical, Social and Emotional Perspectives

Andreea-Georgiana Bîrneanu and Elena-Loreni Baciu
Abstract—The article presents the results from a qualitative study conducted in 2015 in Timiș County, Romania, consisting in interviews with 24 disabled persons regarding their experience with disability, and its reflection on their social roles as parents, family and community members, friends, interpersonal and intimate relationships. Using a qualitative research approach named "Institutional Ethnography", the current study reveal "lived" experiences of 24 people with disabilities both from cities and countryside regard problematic aspects of disability likely to influence the disabled person’s status in the society. The 24 respondents provide a bottom-up perspective of how disabled persons and family members organize daily life in practice. The current paper describes the following themes: the time and financial costs, physical and emotional demands, and logistical complexities associated with disability and raising a disabled child) derived from the qualitative data using a research approach named Institutional Ethnography. The impacts will likely depend on the severity of condition as well as the emotional and financial capital of the family and the community resources that are available. The purpose of this paper is to report the preliminary findings of this research and to discuss implications for the future in terms of policy development, service planning/and delivery.

Index Terms—Disability, family, institutional ethnography.

A. G. Bîrneanu and L. E. Baciu are with the West University of Timişoara, 4 Vasile Pârvan Bd., Timişoara, CO 300223, Romania (e-mail: andreea.birneanu@e-uvt.ro, elena.baciu@e-uvt.ro).

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Cite: Andreea-Georgiana Bîrneanu and Elena-Loreni Baciu, "Disabled Individuals’ Family Relations  Practical, Social and Emotional Perspectives," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 7, no. 9, pp. 655-660, 2017.

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