FQOLFamily Quality of Life
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Marital status significantly predicted FQOL, such that not being married predicted a decrease in FQOL, [beta] = -.129, t(185) = -2.16, p = .032.
In this study, we examined the relationship of services and supports adequacy, partnership, and FQOL for families of children with deaf-blindness.
The results of this study indicate that satisfaction with partnership predicts FQOL for families of children who are deaf-blind.
In addition to documenting the main effects of services and supports adequacy and partnership on FQOL in isolation, we were also interested in understanding how these two variables interacted to predict FQOL.
When partnership satisfaction increased, there was a positive relationship between education services adequacy and FQOL, suggesting that partnership and education service adequacy were both related to higher FQOL.
We hypothesize that our finding suggesting that families need high-quality instructional partnership and high-quality educational services for significantly higher FQOL is associated with these systemic limitations affecting the educational workforce and service quality.
Perhaps all possible resources at the school--high-quality partnership and high-quality educational services--are required for these families' FQOL, given the potential of additional stressors outside of the school setting to also have an effect on their FQOL.
The interaction between related services and partnership had a different pattern of effect on FQOL: High perceptions of related services buffered the negative effects of low partnership perceptions on FQOL.
Findings of our study indicate that friend and family supports adequacy significantly predicts FQOL for families of children with deaf-blindness.
The results of this study indicate that childcare services adequacy is significantly related to FQOL for families of children with deaf-blindness.
This research should consider the effect of workforce variables, such as teacher certification and training related to deaf-blindness, on partnership, educational service adequacy, and FQOL. Given our findings that related services have the potential to buffer the negative effects of low partnership, this line of research could be further informed by examining differences between related services and educational services, and the partnership that the professionals within each of these disciplines form with families of children with deaf-blindness.
For the participants in this study, informational services adequacy was negatively related to FQOL; that is, the more satisfied parents were with the information they received about their child's deaf-blindness, the less satisfied they were with their FQOL.