Fathers of young children with disabilities experiences, involvement, and needs

Hedda Meadan, Howard P. Parette, Sharon Doubet

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


While mothers of young children with disabilities have often been targeted in family research, less is known about the experiences and involvement of fathers of these children. This chapter reviews the extant literature from 1995 to 2008 related to the experiences, involvement, and support needs of fathers of young children with disabilities. The review identified three themes around which the literature is discussed, fathers’: (a) experiences, stress, and coping; (b) involvement with their young children with disabilities and their early education programs; and (c) identified needs. Implications and recommendations for future research and practice are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFather Involvement in Young Children's Lives
Subtitle of host publicationA Global Analysis
EditorsJyotsna Pattnaik
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9789400751552
ISBN (Print)9789400751545
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

Publication series

NameEducating the Young Child


  • Family-centered service delivery
  • Fathers
  • Young children with disabilities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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