Date of Award


Document Type

Independent Study

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Persons with intellectual disabilities (ID) who choose to become parents typically encounter significant ban·iers and challenges that too often have less to do with parental competency, and more to do with context1ml factors, stereotypes and perceptions, lack of access to support services, social policy and unjust treatment by child welfare systems. These inequities have historically contributed to an increased risk of harm for both parents and children, including preventable separation of families. With support, parents with ID can and do parent successfully and nurses can play an important role in promoting this success. This review of the current literature describes challenges to the parenting role for parents with ID, reviews promising practices related to support for parents with ID, and discusses how nurses can promote parenting success among this population