ERIC Number: ED197550
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Parent Choice of Services for Children.
Suelzle, Marijean; Keenan, Vincent
A survey involving 330 parents investigated factors influencing parental decision making in the choice of services for children with developmental disabilities and assessed the consequences of the decision made at both the institutional and individual levels within particular family, neighborhood, and community networks. Data collection procedures included correspondence and discussion with state and local agencies and with individual facilities and parent clients; contact with parents through the school districts, regional program, and other facilities; and mailing out a 57 page survey questionnaire to over 400 families. Survey results were analyzed in terms of personal support networks and professional services, satisfaction with quality of professional services, parents' needs and resources, and perceived adequacy of community resources. Among findings were that many needs of parents are met by family, friends, and other parents; that parents are highly satisfied with the quality of the services they are currently receiving; and that, though relatively few have personal needs for which services are not available, most perceive a need for expanded community services. Tables with statistical data are included. (SBH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Illinois State Dept. of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, Springfield.
Authoring Institution: Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL. Center for Urban Affairs.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association on Mental Deficiency (Springfield, IL, November 30, 1978).