The weight of waiting: the impact of delayed early intervention on parental self‐efficacy

Murphy, Kerry and Harrison, Emily (2022) The weight of waiting: the impact of delayed early intervention on parental self‐efficacy. British Journal of Special Education, 49 (1). pp. 84-101. ISSN 0952-3383

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Early intervention is a systematic approach for identifying and co-ordinating support for children up to five years of age with developmental delay. The increasing number of children needing early intervention is leading to longer waiting lists for assessment, treatment and diagnosis. Through a mixed-methods approach, this study examined the impact of waiting lists on parental self-efficacy (PSE). An online survey was completed by 197 mothers of children with special educational needs aged one to seven years. Six mothers later took part semi-structured interviews. The research aimed to establish (a) whether there was a relationship between length of time on waiting lists and PSE, and (b) whether there were specific themes or patterns associated with delayed early intervention and PSE. Results showed no significant relationship between time spent on a waiting list and perceived PSE. The qualitative results, however, found that limited contact and poor quality of interactions alongside a lack of information did reduce perceived PSE.

Item Type: Article
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30 August 2021Accepted
2 March 2022Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: early intervention, self-efficacy, special educational needs, parenting, waiting lists
Subjects: CAH04 - psychology > CAH04-01 - psychology > CAH04-01-01 - psychology (non-specific)
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences > Dept. Psychology
Depositing User: Gemma Tonks
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2023 10:26
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2023 10:26

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