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

Marku, Bardha and Niolaki, Georgia and Terzopoulos, Aris and Wood, Clare (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: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/02667363.2022.2100320
15 June 2022Accepted
14 July 2022Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Parents' experiences; SEN; EAL; psychological challenges; professional support
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: Aris Terzopoulos
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2022 13:25
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2024 03:00
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13299

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