Examining the relation between empowerment and civic engagement among parents of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Meghan M. Burke, Zach Rossetti, Janeth Aleman-Tovar, Kristina Rios

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Abstract

Internationally, parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities have historically engaged in advocacy leading to compulsory education for their children. However, few parents have reported civic engagement. Although empowerment is related to parent advocacy, it is unclear whether empowerment relates to civic engagement. Thus, our study examined parent and child correlates of empowerment and civic engagement, and the relation between empowerment and civic engagement among 235 parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities across five states in the United States. Gender and special education knowledge were significant correlates of empowerment and civic engagement. There was a significant positive correlation between empowerment and civic engagement. Implications regarding future research and ways to promote parent empowerment and civic engagement are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1569-1581
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Volume34
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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