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Session Overview
Friday, 09/Sept/2022:
3:00pm - 5:00pm

Session Chair: Dr. Viola Sallay, University of Szeged, Hungary
Location: SFU_7

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3:00pm - 3:15pm

Patterns of resilience factors in parents raising children with atypical development

Petra Simon-Zámbori, Tamás Martos, Zsófia Bana, Viola Sallay

University of Szeged

The first aim of our study is to provide a relationship-oriented analysis of resilience factors in parents raising children with atypical development. We used data from 245 parental couples, and explored patterns of three factors of parental resilience: “knowledge of the child’s characteristics”, “perceived social support” and “positive perceptions of parenting”. Four clusters emerged in the analysis: the (1) “dyadic resilience”, (2) “more resilient mother”, (3) “more resilient father” and (4) “dyadic vulnerability” parental profiles. The second aim of our study is to conduct interviews with parents from the four clusters identified by the relationship-oriented analysis to enhance a deeper understanding of their specific experiences. This mixed-method study may contribute to a systemic exploration of potential risk and protective factors behind coping and adaptation of parents raising children with atypical development.

3:15pm - 3:30pm

Kennedy's disease: A case study of family dynamics and coping with a fatal disease

Bor Ratajec

University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Theology, Slovenia

The purpose of this case study is to show how a fatal disease such as Kennedy's disease affects close family relationships and dynamics. Kennedy's disease is a rare inherited neuromuscular disorder that causes progressive weakening and wasting of the muscles, particularly those of the arms and legs. Other major symptoms include severe cramps and problems with speech and swallowing. This case study explores changes in the family dynamics where an individual has suffered from a severe, incurable form of Kennedy's disease and covers different areas such as interaction, newly arisen conflicts, and the coordination of unforeseen situations. It gives us an insight into the experience of the changes of individual family members, which such an illness brings with it for the whole family. We will also touch the issue of death, search for meaning and how individual family members perceive death and the fact that the disease is incurable.

3:30pm - 3:45pm

Helping build family resilience through community interdependence.

Vasilis Charalampopoulos

Athenian Institute of Anthropos, Greece

In this presentation through a case paradigm, I aim to open the discussion of how community can be or even will be and IS indeed involved in family therapy and how therapist can utilise the power of larger community and social connections in order to help families to increase resilience during crisis. Furthermore, to help families grow through crisis maintain cohesion and achieving autonomy for their members. Honoring the work of George and Vaso Vassiliou, Froma Walsh and Petros Polychronis who believed and employed the power of networks in every opportunity they could find. As George and Vasso Vassiliou founders of the Athenian institute of anthropos said: “Autonomy THROUGH and FOR interdependence”.

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