ERIC Number: ED389144
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Dads and Disability.
Higgins, Cindy, Ed.
Families and Disability Newsletter, v6 n3 Win 1995
This theme issue focuses on the relationship of fathers and their children with disabilities. It reports a study of 86 Kansas fathers of children (ages 5 to 8) with and without disabilities. The study was conducted in order to identify more options for fathers wishing to increase their involvement with their children. The study sent surveys of parenting competence and three measures of time spent in various activities to fathers randomly selected from Kansas school districts. About half the 86 fathers included in the study had children with mental retardation. The study's main finding was that having a child with a disability did not seem to alter a father's concept of his fathering competence, nor the amount of time he spent caring for his child. The study resulted in the following recommendations for service providers: (1) learn from fathers their priorities for their children and suggest activities that respond to those priorities; (2) work with fathers to talk more with their children; and (3) tap the problem-solving orientation of fathers, such as discussing ways to adapt toys. The newsletter also provides contact information and a brief description of seven resources for fathers, a vignette describing the coping strategies of one father whose daughter was severely brain damaged as a result of spinal meningitis, a discussion of how fathers may feel left out when dealing with service providers, and suggestions for involving fathers more with their special needs children. (DB)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Kansas Univ., Lawrence. Beach Center on Families and Disability.