Division of Human Development and Disability, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, 1600 Clifton Road, NE, MS E 88, Atlanta, Georgia 30333.
Family Life Goes On: Disability in Contemporary Families
Article first published online: 11 JAN 2014
© 2014 by the National Council on Family Relations
Volume 63, Issue 1, pages 1–6, February 2014
How to Cite
Farrell, A. F. and Krahn, G. L. (2014), Family Life Goes On: Disability in Contemporary Families. Family Relations, 63: 1–6. doi: 10.1111/fare.12053
- Issue published online: 11 JAN 2014
- Article first published online: 11 JAN 2014
Disability is part of life for most contemporary families, but to date the literature on disability in families is fragmented and narrow. This editorial commentary introduces the content and findings of peer-reviewed articles appearing in a special issue of Family Relations. The editors outline unanswered but core research questions and preview the themes present in the issue: families with disabilities are diverse; economic hardship disproportionately characterizes their lives; family life with disabilities is a journey that includes stress and resilience, with support contributing significantly to the latter; and that work benefits and taxes family life. Articles extrapolate beyond findings to explore implications for family policy and practice. The editors assert that developing understanding of how disability influences families requires a more diverse and rigorous research portfolio. They further cite the need to embed disability as a variable in a range of family studies and advocate more outlets for publication.