The experiences of father/man in the development of a child with a complex disabilities

  • Gerda Didžklapytė Kolping University of Applied Sciences
Keywords: father, man, child, complex disability


The concept of father undoubtedly changes in society as the still changing attitudes about the "true man". It is noted that the role of the father in the family already covers not only financial stability. In addition, as a disabled child grows up, the family faces challenges both at the value level and in the household.

The purpose of this investigation is to reveal the paternal experience in raising a child with a complex disability. The aim: theoretically analyze the role of fatherhood in society and in the family; to reveal the subjective experience of cultivating a child with complex disabilities; investigate the need for help for a father raising a child who has a complex disability. A qualitative research was chosen to analyse the experiences of father/man in the development of a child with complex disabilities. The selected choice of gathering the data – interview. 7 fathers who have disabled children temporary took part in the study.

This study revealed that the concept of hegemonic masculinity is changing, despite the fact that the definition of a traditional man still has implications for men and men as parents. Also, many fatherhood forms predominate in society, which means that there is no single parenting pattern that suits most parents. As far as parents with a disabled child are concerned, the emergence of a child with a disability in a family changes into a normal life pattern and raises complex requirements. Also, often the birth of a disabled child in a family is equated with a crisis. In addition, a child with disabilities often requires more internal and external resources from the family. From the father's point of view, he helps his mother to take care of his children even more efficiently and successfully, and most importantly, he communicates directly, plays with children and provides them with emotional support.

Author Biography

Gerda Didžklapytė, Kolping University of Applied Sciences

lecturer; Kolping University of Applied Sciences, Lithuania.

Areas of scientific interests: disabilities, homeless women.

How to Cite
DidžklapytėG. (2018). TĖVO/VYRO PATIRTYS AUGINANT VAIKĄ TURINTĮ KOMPLEKSINĘ NEGALIĄ. Taikomieji Tyrimai Studijose Ir Praktikoje - Applied Research in Studies and Practice, 14(1), 141-150. Retrieved from https://ojs.panko.lt/index.php/ARSP/article/view/66