ERIC Number: ED218051
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Unique needs of Rural Mothers of Handicapped Children.
Kleppel, Emily B.
The paper's focus is primarily on services to help rural mothers of handicapped children move from a point of bare survival to a more fulfilling life. These needs are explored: overcoming feelings of isolation; developing a support system through connection to formal and informal resources within the mother's geographic area; arranging opportunities for experiences with other handicapped children and their parents; and exploring alternatives to facilitate personal growth and fulfillment. Case illustrations are included. The dual isolation of geography and being the parent of a child that is "different" is emphasized throughout. The current political climate of shrinking rather than emerging resources is considered in recommending helping strategies through expansion of the roles of existing agencies and professionals to more adequately meet identified needs. (Author/BRR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Rural Women
Note: Paper presented at the National Institute on Social Work in Rural Areas (6th, Beaufort County, SC, July 26-29, 1981).