Sliding doors effect in families including children with disabilities: from crisis to rebirth. Narrative survey on the imaginative dimension of happiness for conscious and open parenting

The birth of a child with a disability marks an irreversible existential turning point for the family. We have chosen to carry out a narrative investigation by examining the so-called "sliding doors effect" in family caregivers, in search of possible worlds, aspirations, stories, bonds, impulses that can, on the one hand, foster awareness of a effective parenting, on the other hand, promoting the culture of imaginable and achievable happiness in families who live with the daily experience of disability. Using the counterfactual thinking, starting from the real event of the disability situation in the family, the caregivers are led to explore and narrate the present, analyze subjective experiences, in the mirroring and horizon of the possible to imagine paths, metabletic in continuous evolution. Using autobiographical narration, focus groups and narrative interviews, the research focuses on the family experience as the repository of co-constructions worthy of being understood and narrated.