Doswell, S., Kokhar, L., McKillop, M., Quazi, P. and Oliver D. (2020) Non-Violent Resistance (NVR) for parents of adults with learning disability - A pilot group. The Bulletin of the Faculty for People with Intellectual Disabilities 18 (2) 40-47.
This paper describes a pilot NVR course undertaken within a community learning disability services for adults, which appears to be the first time such a group has been run in this context. Of ten parents invited, only three attended, however these three stayed for the duration of the course. This is consistent with feedback from Omer and Lebowitz (2016) who also reported low drop out rates,
Outcome measures indicated that of six problems identified and rated by the parents, five were scored as improved over the course of the course. One parent reported a small improvement in parent coping, two reported reduced emotional impact and two reported a positive change in their sense of support.
However, qualitative feedback from parents indicated that they felt very strongly that NVR was helpful. What appeared to be the most helpful elements were the focus on self-care and gaining supporters. It was clear having time and space to stop and think about their situation led to each parent making changes to their context. Sibling issues also felt pertinent to this group, who all recognised the extra input needed to the child with learning disability, and the impact of this on siblings.
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