ERIC Number: ED112567
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Initial Characteristics and Short Term Changes of Boys Enrolled in a Physical Developmental Clinic.
Johnson, Janet W.; And Others
A Study of 18 handicapped males (mean age 7 years) and their parents was conducted to ascertain initial characteristics on entering a physical development clinic, and to detect changes in the functioning level coinciding with their first exposure to the clinic program. Both prior to and following completion of the 8-week clinic program, Ss were given the Child Behavior Inventory (CBI) tasks and a battery of tests to assess motor, visual perception, and intellectual functioning, while parents filled out a CBI form and then participated in a structured interview. Results were divided into four areas of research: demographic characteristics, pre- and post-session CBI results, pre- and post-session test battery results, and post-session interviews with parents. Among the findings were that the Ss made up a heterogeneous population and that little positive change is shown by first time enrollees on objective measures although parents reported improvement in coordination. Evidence suggested that exposure to more than one 8-week session of the clinic program is necessary to promote measureable change, and that different outcomes may depend on the initial status of the child. (Tables are included to explain statistical data.) (SB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Child Development (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park.