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date: 23 February 2019

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Family quality of life (FQOL) shares a mutual goal with positive psychology in its emphasis on strengths and the enhancement of well-being. This chapter reviews trends in family research related to family quality of life in the disability field and draws parallels with the positive psychology field in terms of a gradual evolution from a negative to a positive orientation. This evolutionary progress is highlighted in terms of reviewing current research (published after 2000) within a FQOL theoretical framework, with a focus on systemic factors, family-unit factors, individual-level factors, family and individual support, and outcomes. Recommendations are provided for future research that will contribute to enhancing FQOL in families who have children with disabilities.

Keywords: family quality of life, family, systemic factors, family-unit factors, individual-member factors, support factors, supports

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