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Constructing the ‘ideal’ family for family‐centred practice: challenges for delivery

Dodd, J., Saggers, S. and Wildy, H. (2009) Constructing the ‘ideal’ family for family‐centred practice: challenges for delivery. Disability & Society, 24 (2). pp. 173-186.

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Family-centred practice positions families as the key decision-makers, central to and experts in the wants and needs of their child. This paper discusses how families interviewed for a Western Australian study describe their relationships with a range of allied health professionals in the paediatric disability sector. The allied health professionals, in turn, describe how they characterize the role of families caring for children with disabilities. We argue that the successful implementation of family- centred principles in service delivery need to move beyond the individualizing of responsibility and acknowledge the structural and systemic limits to family-centred practice, as well as the social complexity within which diverse families live

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Education
Publisher: Carfax Publishing Ltd.
Copyright: © 2009 Taylor & Francis
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