ERIC Number: ED201111
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Independence and Dependence in Mildly Retarded Adolescents: A Mother-Adolescent Interaction Analysis.
Hunt, Elizabeth; Browning, Philip
A study was conducted on the interactional relationship between independent and dependent mildly retarded adolescents (N=24) and their mothers. Adolescent-mother pairs separately engaged in a videotaped problem solving task for 20 minutes. The 24 videotapes were then subjected to an interactional coding system comprised of five behavioral domains. Differential behavioral patterns based on the five domains resulted between independent and dependent adolescents, their respective mothers, and the interaction between the adolescents and their respective mothers. These differences were reflected in the rate of occurrence rather than types of behavior since all Ss were assessed on the same domain variables. Among findings were that independent adolescents participated more actively in the problem solving task, independent adolescents were put in the position of being more passive while their mothers "took over" the problem solving activity, and dependent adolescents' rate of verbal behavior was less than their mothers. (Author/SB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Behavior Patterns, Exceptional Child Research, Interaction Process Analysis, Mild Mental Retardation, Mothers, Parent Child Relationship, Personality Traits
Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, 2nd Floor, Clinical Services Bldg., University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403 ($0.75).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Handicapped Research (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Personal Independence