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

Marku, B, Niolaki, G.Z, Terzopoulos, A and Wood, C (2022) 'Eastern European parents' experiences of parenting a child with SEN in England.' Educational Psychology in Practice. ISSN 0266-7363 (Forthcoming)

Abstract

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
Keywords: parents' experiences, SEN, EAL, psychological challenges, professional support
Divisions: School of Education
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2022 08:52
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2022 08:52
URI / Page ID: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/14843
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