ERIC Number: ED086382
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Feb
Disability and Family Stress: Conceptual Specification and Research Possibilities.
Kuvlesky, William P.
The objective of this paper was to develop a broad, systematic conceptual framework for studying psychological and biological based disabilities of individual family members as attributes of the family unit and to direct attention to potentially useful research on the causes and social consequences of family disability. A research review demonstrated an eclectic array of studies that were conceptually deficient and difficult to integrate because of varying frameworks. Within this frame of reference an attempt was made to introduce conceptual specifications related to disability that would make it possible to move logically from research in disability at the biological and psychological levels to disability induced by these in the role-set of family actors and in the social structures of family units. Five suggestions for future research were presented. Two of these were: (1) systematic codification and synthesis of past research on family interdisciplinary potentials; and (2) descriptive research relative to incidence of disability of all types in families on various types to develop a capability for generalizations relative to the incidence and distribution of each. (FF)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Cooperative State Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas A and M Univ., College Station. Texas Agricultural Experiment Station.; Prairie View A and M Univ., TX.
Note: Paper presented at the Association of Southern Agricultural Workers Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, February 1973