Did you know that parental styles can influence the level of autonomy that children with intellectual disabilities can reach in adulthood? More details in this article.
By Natalia Correa.
In children with intellectual disabilities, the parental style determines such important aspects of their lives as autonomy and self-determination.
In 2021, our associate researcher Paulina Arango with a team from Universidad de Los Andes conducted a study with 83 Chilean families who provided information on how they were raising their children with intellectual disabilities from the ages of 4 to 18.
Children with more involved fathers presented better adaptive behaviours in the social and practical areas, like making the bed, preparing food, or using public transportation by themselves.
In addition, the study confirmed that the relationship of mothers and fathers with their children with intellectual disabilities is the best predictor of adaptive behaviour, which will impact the quality of life of the child in their adulthood.