How Families’ Lifestyles are Impacted When There is a Child or Parent with a Cognitive Disability

Lauren Pavich, Leah Nillas, Faculty Advisor, Leah A. Nillas

Research output: Faculty Advisor of Undergraduate Research


Today, millions of people have been diagnosed with a disability. Ultimately, this leaves an impact, whether it be a positive one or not, on the families and/or caregivers in people’s lives (Trivettte, 2010 & Vohra, 2013). In this review of the literature, there are several analyzed studies that focus on the level of involvement and what kind of impact involvement may have on the loved one with a disability. Looking more thoroughly into these studies, there becomes a trend of what roles the family member with the disability play and to what extent their disability may impact the home. Through these studies it can be proven that the higher the level of involvement, the higher lever of impact and the lower level of involvement can lead negative and consequential lifestyles. This study is on the topic of how having a child or parent with a cognitive disability impacts a family's’ lifestyle and involvement based on influence in this family member's life.

Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - Apr 16 2016


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