Eastern European parents' experiences of parenting a child with SEN in England

Marku, B., Niolaki, G., Terzopoulos, A. and Wood, C. ORCID: 0000-0003-1492-6501, 2022. Eastern European parents' experiences of parenting a child with SEN in England. Educational Psychology in Practice. ISSN 0266-7363

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Parenting a child with Special Educational Needs (SEN) presents numerous challenges for families. For immigrant parents, these challenges can be particularly difficult to overcome when faced with structural, cultural and linguistic barriers. This qualitative study explored the lived experiences of 8 Eastern European immigrants parenting a child with SEN in England. Semi-structured interviews were conducted, and a data-driven thematic analysis of a series of interviews was carried out. The study identified two key themes: (a) embarking on an unpredicted journey and (b) navigating through challenges. The analyses highlight discrepancies in partnership working between parents and educators and shortcomings in advice that professionals provided to these parents, potentially placing pupils and their families at a disadvantage. The implications for educational psychologists (EP) and other professionals working with Eastern European parents raising a child with SEN are also discussed.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Educational Psychology in Practice
Creators: Marku, B., Niolaki, G., Terzopoulos, A. and Wood, C.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Date: 14 July 2022
ISSN: 0266-7363
Rights: © 2022 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 15 Jun 2022 14:32
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2022 10:07
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/46451

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