ERIC Number: ED207283
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Planning Residential and Vocational Services for Mentally Retarded Young Adults: Parents' Choices.
Deenan, Vincent Daniel
Indepth interviews were conducted with parents of moderately and severely/profoundly retarded children on the following topics: the nature of the child's retardation, services used or expected to be used, how the current program was chosen, satisfactions and dissatisfactions with these services, and the effect of having a mentally retarded child in the family. Data from the interviews were combined with a review of the literature to formulate a questionnaire completed by 330 parents. Among results were that variables measuring family career and individual life cycle were among the strongest predictors of parents' planning for future residential and vocational services; as predicted by B. Farber's theory of minimal adaptation, parents experiencing more stress individually and in their relationships with their spouses planned for future resiential services more than parents experiencing less stress; family demographics were generally not associated with parents' future plans; and families' involvement in personal and community support networds were statistically significant predictors of parents' planning for residential services. Reasons for backlash against mainstreaming and deinstitutionalization are examined. (CL)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Thesis, University of Illinois at the Medical Center.