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State of the Art of Family Quality of Life in Early Care and Disability: A Systematic Review

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Faculty of Psychology, Education and Sports Sciences, Ramon Llull University, 08022 Barcelona, Spain
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Faculty of Education, University of Cantabria, 39005 Santander, Spain
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Group in Health Economics and Management of Health Services, Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Valdecilla (IDIVAL), 39011 Santander, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(19), 7220; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17197220
Received: 11 August 2020 / Revised: 19 September 2020 / Accepted: 27 September 2020 / Published: 2 October 2020
Background: In recent years, there has been a growing international interest in family quality of life The objective of this systematic review is to understand and analyze the conceptualization of the quality of life of families with children with disabilities between 0 and 6 years of age, the instruments for their measurement and the most relevant research results. Method: A bibliographic search was conducted in the Web of Science, Scopus and Eric databases of studies published in English and Spanish from 2000 to July 2019 focused on “family quality of life” or “quality of family life” in the disability field. A total of 63 studies were selected from a total of 1119 and analyzed for their theoretical and applied contributions to the field of early care. Results: The functional conceptualization of family quality of life predominates in this area, and a nascent and enriching holistic conceptualization is appreciated. There are three instruments that measure family quality of life in early care, although none of them is based on unified theory of FQoL; none of them focus exclusively on the age range 0–6 nor do they cover all disabilities. Conclusions: The need to deepen the dynamic interaction of family relationships and to understand the ethical requirement that the methods used to approach family quality of life respect the holistic nature of the research is noted. View Full-Text
Keywords: family quality of life; disability; early childhood intervention; conceptualization; measurement family quality of life; disability; early childhood intervention; conceptualization; measurement
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Francisco Mora, C.; Ibáñez, A.; Balcells-Balcells, A. State of the Art of Family Quality of Life in Early Care and Disability: A Systematic Review. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 7220. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17197220

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Francisco Mora C, Ibáñez A, Balcells-Balcells A. State of the Art of Family Quality of Life in Early Care and Disability: A Systematic Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(19):7220. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17197220

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Francisco Mora, Carmen; Ibáñez, Alba; Balcells-Balcells, Anna. 2020. "State of the Art of Family Quality of Life in Early Care and Disability: A Systematic Review" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 17, no. 19: 7220. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17197220

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