ERIC Number: ED105686
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Effects of an Educational Program for Parents of Retarded Children.
Warfield, Grace J.
Examined were the effects of an educational program for 61 mothers of elementary school aged retarded children. The Sheltering Arms Parent Interview Schedule was used to elicit responses about the specific program and its recalled influences on the mothers' personal lives; the program's effectiveness in easing family problems; and the degree to which the information and services were generalized to other social and community situations. Statistical analysis indicated a significant relationship between professional help from the director and teachers in individual conferences and the mothers' perceived benefits in management of the retarded child, resolution of family problems and improved feelings of self worth. Among other findings was the professional staff's special assistance to mothers in matters of child discipline, school or agency placement, sterilization decisions and the mothers' achievement of emotional and intellectual acceptance of the parental role. The study's implications for teacher education and school programs included increased emphasis on teacher experience and training with adults, use of parents to assist teacher training, and the assignment of resource teachers to work with parents. Three appendixes provide such information as a program description of The Sheltering Arms School and The Sheltering Arms Parent Interview Schedule. (Author/CL)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Note: Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Yeshiva University