An exploratory study of parents' perceived educational needs for parenting a child with learning disabilities

Wai Tong Chien, Isabella Y.M. Lee

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Purpose: This exploratory, qualitative study was conducted to explore Chinese couples' perceived educational needs for parenting a child with specific learning difficulties (SLD). Methods: We recruited a purposive sample of 25 couples who were caring for a child with SLD at home from one regional child mental health center in Hong Kong. Data were collected from individual couples via audio-taped, semi-structured interviews between April and June 2011. Each interview lasted for about an hour. We analyzed the interview data using qualitative content analysis, as suggested by Graneheim and Lundman (2004). Results: Four identified categories of parents' perceived educational needs were information needs for caregiving, a variety of health concerns with themselves and their child, inadequate psychosocial support, and perceived stigma attached to help-seeking. These results reveal challenges and information for mental health professionals in providing effective educational and psychosocial support and culture-specific health care for these families and their children with learning disabilities. Conclusion: Our findings indicate a few important educational needs of parents in caring for a child with SLD that might be underestimated by mental health professionals and teachers, such as psychological support and information needs. To facilitate effective parenting, holistic and individualized needs assessment and education should be provided to address each parent's biopsychosocial and cultural needs in relation to caregiving.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-25
Number of pages10
JournalAsian Nursing Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2013


  • Chinese
  • family health
  • learning disorders
  • parenting
  • qualitative research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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