Factors Influencing Parents’ Decisions to Create a Business for Their Adult Child With Intellectual Disability

Emily T. Malouf, Stacy K. Dymond

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Abstract

Obtaining and maintaining work can be a challenge for many people with intellectual disability (ID) and parents can play an integral role in supporting their child to secure employment. The purpose of this qualitative research study was to understand factors that influence parents’ decisions to create a business for their adult child with ID. Nine parents were identified through purposeful and snowball sampling. Parents participated in individual interviews and data were analyzed using thematic analysis. Our findings suggest that school experiences, expectations for work, presence of specialized support, and encouragement and suggestions from others influenced parents’ decisions to create a business. In light of the findings, we discuss how parents’ previous experiences and responsiveness influenced the creation of the business.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)224-237
Number of pages14
JournalIntellectual and developmental disabilities
Volume61
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023

Keywords

  • intellectual disability
  • parents
  • self-employment
  • small business creation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine

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