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ERIC Number: ED002845
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1959
Pages: 111
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A STUDY OF THE MODIFICATION OF PARENTAL ATTITUDES TOWARD AN UNDERSTANDING OF MENTALLY RETARDED CHILDREN.
HARRIS, DALE B.; SHECHTMAN, AUDREY
THE EFFECT OF CONTACT WITH PERSONNEL OF A DAY CARE CENTER WAS COMPARED WITH VARIOUS METHODS OF COUNSELING IN ASSISTING PARENTS OF TRAINABLE RETARDED CHILDREN TO ADJUST TO THE FAMILY PROBLEMS CREATED BY THE RETARDATION. MAJOR OBJECTIVES WERE--(1) TO COMPARE ATTITUDE CHANGE AMONG PARENTS WHO OBTAIN COUNSELING THROUGH (A) INCIDENTAL CONTACTS WITH PERSONNEL IN A DAY CENTER AND (B) A SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION MEETING HELD REGULARLY AT THE DAY CARE CENTER, (2) TO COMPARE ATTITUDE CHANGE AMONG STUDENTS WHOSE PARENTS WERE SUBJECTED TO THE VARYING COUNSELING PATTERNS, (3) TO COMPARE FACTUAL INFORMATION GAINS AMONG THE THREE PARENT GROUPS, AND (4) TO ANALYZE THE CHANGE AMONG PARENTS IN THE THREE GROUPS IN RELATION TO THE PERSONALITY OF THE PARENT, THE PARENT'S LEVEL OF EDUCATION, AND THE SEVERITY AND TYPE OF DEFECT OF THE CHILD. THE FINDINGS WERE ESSENTIALLY NEGATIVE. NO EVIDENCE COULD BE DEVELOPED THAT ONE METHOD WAS SUPERIOR TO OTHERS, OR, INDEED, THAT ANY GROUP SHOWED SIGNIFICANT GAIN ON ANY INFORMATION, ATTITUDE, OR SKILL VARIABLE, NEVERTHELESS, THE INDIRECT EVIDENCE ACQUIRED SEEMS SIGNIFICANT. PARENTS SEEM TO HAVE BENEFITED IN SELF-FEELING AND SELF-ATTITUDE THROUGH AGENCY CONTACT. MORE LENGTHY CONTACT BETWEEN AGENCIES AND PARENTS IS RECOMMENDED. (JL)
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Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Inst. of Child Development .
Identifiers: MINNESOTA; Minnesota (Minneapolis)