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Family quality of life for families of children with disabilities in African contexts: a scoping review

Auteurs: Julia Jansen-van Vuuren, Reshma Parvin Nuri, Ansha Nega, Beata Batorowicz, Rosemary Lysaght, Heather Michelle Aldersey

Gepubliceerd in: Quality of Life Research | Uitgave 5/2022

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Abstract

Background

Family Quality of Life (FQOL) is an important outcome for families of children with disabilities and is influenced by context and culture. Minimal research explores FQOL in African contexts.

Purpose

This scoping review identifies factors contributing to FQOL for families of children with disabilities in African contexts.

Method

We were guided by Arksey and O’Malley’s scoping review framework, searching for research papers from the following electronic databases: CINAHL, Embase, Medline, Global Health, and PsycINFO. Using pre-determined eligibility criteria, two authors independently reviewed articles for inclusion via Covidence, a reference manager that facilitates blind reviewing. Two other authors independently extracted data from studies using a data-charting form based on Zuna and colleagues’ FQOL framework. Reviewers met regularly for discussion to reach consensus.

Results

Fifty-three articles met the inclusion criteria, and findings demonstrated a broad variety of factors contributing to FQOL within the FQOL framework related to family unit factors, individual member factors, and external support factors. We found that poverty, stigma, and spirituality were particularly prominent factors affecting FQOL negatively and positively in African contexts.

Conclusion

Whilst there are universal factors that contribute to FQOL, recognising the influence of context-specific factors (i.e. poverty, stigma, spirituality) is important in order to provide effective, culturally relevant support that enhances FQOL for families of children with disabilities in African contexts.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Family quality of life for families of children with disabilities in African contexts: a scoping review
Auteurs
Julia Jansen-van Vuuren
Reshma Parvin Nuri
Ansha Nega
Beata Batorowicz
Rosemary Lysaght
Heather Michelle Aldersey
Publicatiedatum
18-09-2021
Uitgeverij
Springer International Publishing
Gepubliceerd in
Quality of Life Research / Uitgave 5/2022
Print ISSN: 0962-9343
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-2649
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s11136-021-02994-z

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