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Perceived Support Among Iranian Mothers of Children with Learning Disability

Authors


Tarbiat Modares University, Nursing Department, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran or vanaki_z@modares.ac.ir

Abstract

This qualitative phenomenological study explores the lived experiences of perceived support by Iranian mothers who have children with learning disability. Twelve open interviews with six mothers of learning-disabled children (7–12 years of age) were audiotape-recorded with participants' consent. The interviews were transcribed and data were analyzed using Van Manen methodology. Two major themes emerged from 138 thematic sentences. The mothers' experiences could be interpreted as a sense of being in the light or being in the shade of support, with variations for different participants. The results indicate a need for more specialized and individually adjusted support for mothers in Iran.

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