ERIC Number: ED085629
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Oct-18
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Redefinition of Family Style in Response to the Reality of a Handicapped Member.
Shellhase, Leslie J.; Shellhase, Fern K.
This paper utilizes coordinated practice and research observations of the personal and familial accommodations made to disability of an adult member. No assets accrue from disability; a family has only those potentials it had earlier which may be abandoned or poorly used by a family in its coping endeavors, or utilized fully in making needed adjustments. The self-concept of a family need not be abandoned because of disability; in fact, a family may discover its central values and goals--a constructive rather than destructive process. The family as a social unit depends upon a range of supports to meet basic needs. Many of these resources exist within, and can be used to maintain the family as a unit. The disabled member must have a reciprocating function within the family even though he may have greatly altered capabilities, or the relationship will not endure. (Author/LAA)
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Note: Paper presented at the National Council on Family Relations (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, October 1973)