Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Advisor

McAllister, Carolyn

Second Advisor

Chang, Janet C.


The purpose of this project was to explore the level of father involvement in the upbringing of their special needs child. For most parents, raising children is filled with great moments, milestones and achievements as well as being highly stressful and overwhelming, especially if the upbringing involves a special needs child. The levels of stress involved in the upbringing of a developmentally disabled child are intense and can often times hinder the healthy growth and development of the family unit. The results in this study indicated that fathers were highly involved with their special needs children.

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