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Unseen? A qualitative study on how mothers and fathers living with a visual impairment experience parenthood

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It is barely taken into account that a visually impaired child might one day become a parent. Research on the insider perspectives of parents on parenting with a visual impairment is scarce. This exploratory study reports on how six mothers and seven fathers living with a visual impairment experience parenthood. An individual or paired open interview, followed by qualitative content analysis, captured their multi-layered and personal lived experiences on parenting. Analysis of the collected data reveals three themes: the actual practices of daily parenting as an exploration of a personal and unique toolbox for each parent; a parental urge to prove themselves to overcome extra doubts, pressure and othering; and the relational work of parents with their partner and child(ren).
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Disability studies, Parenting, Partial sightedness or blindness, Lived experiences

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Van Havermaet, Jentel, et al. “Unseen? A Qualitative Study on How Mothers and Fathers Living with a Visual Impairment Experience Parenthood.” DIGEST. JOURNAL OF DIVERSITY AND GENDER STUDIES, vol. 7, no. 2, 2021, pp. 68–80.
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Van Havermaet, J., De Schauwer, E., & Van Hove, G. (2021). Unseen? A qualitative study on how mothers and fathers living with a visual impairment experience parenthood. DIGEST. JOURNAL OF DIVERSITY AND GENDER STUDIES, 7(2), 68–80.
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Van Havermaet, Jentel, Elisabeth De Schauwer, and Geert Van Hove. 2021. “Unseen? A Qualitative Study on How Mothers and Fathers Living with a Visual Impairment Experience Parenthood.” DIGEST. JOURNAL OF DIVERSITY AND GENDER STUDIES 7 (2): 68–80.
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Van Havermaet, Jentel, Elisabeth De Schauwer, and Geert Van Hove. 2021. “Unseen? A Qualitative Study on How Mothers and Fathers Living with a Visual Impairment Experience Parenthood.” DIGEST. JOURNAL OF DIVERSITY AND GENDER STUDIES 7 (2): 68–80.
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Van Havermaet J, De Schauwer E, Van Hove G. Unseen? A qualitative study on how mothers and fathers living with a visual impairment experience parenthood. DIGEST JOURNAL OF DIVERSITY AND GENDER STUDIES. 2021;7(2):68–80.
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J. Van Havermaet, E. De Schauwer, and G. Van Hove, “Unseen? A qualitative study on how mothers and fathers living with a visual impairment experience parenthood,” DIGEST. JOURNAL OF DIVERSITY AND GENDER STUDIES, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 68–80, 2021.
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