Family support: A review of the literature on families of adolescents with disabilities

Meghan M. Burke, Kimberly A. Patton, Julie Lounds Taylor

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For all youth, adolescence is a time of great change, marked by multiple transitions. For those with disabilities, these transitions can be especially challenging for the youth and their families. Although families of adolescents with disabilities often require support, it is unclear what types of assistance are most helpful. To understand the responsibilities of and, correspondingly, supports needed for parents and siblings, the authors conducted a comprehensive literature review. Specifically, the authors examined the literature to identify the supports that families provide to their adolescent relatives with disabilities, the impacts of caring for an adolescent relative with a disability, and the assistance that families receive. The authors conclude by discussing implications for future research about family support.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)252-285
Number of pages34
JournalJournal of Family Social Work
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 7 2016


  • Adolescence
  • disabilities
  • families
  • family support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science


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