ERIC Number: ED048680
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Children Together: The Effect of Integrated Group Experiences on Orthopedically Handicapped Children.
Deschin, Celia S.; Nash, Marygold V.
To study the effect on physically handicapped children's mental health of organized group activities in community centers and settlements, 230 children participated in a 2 year demonstration project. Mental health was defined as the child's social functioning in home and school and as reflected in the child's self image; and it was hypothesized that the mental health of mildly physically handicapped children improved through recreational activities with their nonhandicapped peers. It was also speculated that no special or additional staff would be needed. Data was obtained through interviews with the children, families, teachers, group leaders, and placement counselors. Researchers felt that, after comparing factors concerning the families, the school and the children's self evaluations, the children showed improvement attributed to associating with their nonhandicapped peers. The second hypothesis concerning staffing was not confirmed. Recommendations for community centers, schools, and adult education to benefit the mental health of physically handicapped children were made. (CD)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: New York Service for the Handicapped, New York.