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Voices of Self-Compassion in Parents of Twice-Exceptional Children
Krista Socholotiuk (thesis supervisor)Darcie R. Brown (author)Janelle Kwee (second reader)Megan Foley Nicpon (external examiner)Trinity Western University SGS (Degree granting institution)
Twice-exceptional children are gifted and have at least one area of disability. This combination presents unique parenting challenges that are important to understand given the central role that parents play in the success of their twice-exceptional children. Self-compassion is treating oneself with understanding and acceptance when faced with imperfections; it has been shown to be a powerful source of coping and resilience for a wide range of populations. This constructivist study used the listening guide—a qualitative, relational, voice-centred method (Gilligan, 2015) where 7 self-compassionate parents of twice-exceptional children were interviewed about their understandings of self-compassion in parenting. Data analysis revealed three groupings of voices: Presence and Wise voices were the voices of self-compassion, and Demand voices emerged as a dissonant, non-self-compassionate counterpoint. The four themes that emerged revealed parents used self-compassion to weather challenges, to remain mindful despite difficulties, to engage wiser problem-solving, and to nurture important relationships.
Self-acceptance.Children with disabilities.Compassion.Gifted children--CareParents of children with disabilities.