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Analysis of Research Trends Related to Parents of Young Children with Disabilities

  • Journal of Special Education: Theory and Practice
  • Abbr : JSPED
  • 2023, 24(3), pp.299-332
  • Publisher : Research Institute of the Korea Special Education
  • Research Area : Social Science > Education
  • Received : August 18, 2023
  • Accepted : September 15, 2023
  • Published : September 30, 2023

KEON-HEE KIM 1

1대구대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

[Purpose] This study analyzes the trend in research related to parents of children with disabilities, and through this, aims to suggest a direction for research to seek support for parents of children with disabilities in the future. [Method] According to the research purpose, 69 domestic journal papers published from 2013 to 2022 were selected, and the selected papers were divided according to year, published journal, and research type, and analyzed again by research subject and research subject. [Results] As a result of the analysis, first, between 2013 and 2016, many papers related to parents of children with disabilities were published, but after 2018, it was found to be low. Second, experimental research, investigational research, correlational research, and qualitative research were used in the order of research methods, and there were few papers using literature research, case studies, causal comparison research, and developmental research. Third, in the case of research topics, there were relatively many studies related to parents' parenting efficacy, parenting stress, and parents' happiness. In the case of experimental studies, parent education programs, play support, and language intervention were frequently used as independent variables, and social interaction, parenting efficacy, or parenting stress were used as dependent variables. Qualitative research has more diverse subjects than other studies. Looking at the subjects of the study, even in all 69 papers, most of the cases were either mothers of children with disabilities participating alone or fathers participating together. On the other hand, only fathers participated in the study alone in only 5 cases (7%). Depending on the type of study, there were cases in which parents of children with disabilities, special teachers, specialists, children with disabilities, mothers without disabilities, and fathers without disabilities were included in the study, but there were few. [Conclusion] In order to better understand the current situation related to parents of children with disabilities and specify the problems to be solved, it is necessary to expand the research topics and areas and diversify the types of research. In addition, it is required that the subjects of the study be centered on mothers and include not only fathers but also related experts such as teachers and therapists.

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