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International Journal of Family Medicine
Volume 2011, Article ID 164080, 2 pages
Research Article

Parental Concerns about the Health of Adolescents with Intellectual Disability: A Brief Report

Queensland Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disability, The University of Queensland, Mater Hospital, South Brisbane, QLD, 4101, Australia

Received 1 December 2010; Accepted 11 April 2011

Academic Editor: Margaret Kyrkou

Copyright © 2011 Madonna Tucker et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. Parents of adolescents with intellectual disability are concerned about the future health and well-being needs of their children. Method. Qualitative data was collected as part of a cross-sectional descriptive study and semi-structured interviews were conducted with 32 parents. The results were themed. Results. Most parents discussed areas of their children's health which made them anxious about the future. These concerns were collated into five themes. Conclusion. The health and well-being themes were dependency, general health, challenging behaviours, and increasing support needs.