ERIC Number: ED208620
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Parents' Choice of Services for Developmentally Disabled Children. Final Report.
Suelzle, Marijean; Keenan, Vincent
Questionnaires were completed by 330 parents of developmentally disabled children on such topics as labeling and competency, mainstreaming, anticipated needs for residential care, family integration, diagnosis and assessment, and community resources. These factors were investigated according to demographic variables. Among findings were that children from Black families had more social interactions with a wider variety of people and were evaluated as having better interpersonal skills than were children of White families; family income did not seem to be systematically associated with attitudes toward mainstreaming; females were more likely to be expected to remain at home or to live on their own and to work in a sheltered workshop while males were more likely to be expected to live in a community facility and work in the community; the higher the family income the more likely mothers were to express negative feelings and perceive negative effects; about 90% of the parents were satisfied with their children's school; and the only family activity influenced by income was religious participation. Service needs and satisfactions noted include personal and community support networks and organizational and political involvement. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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.; Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL. Dept. of Sociology.
Note: Excerpted with the permission of Dr. Marijean Suelzle, Department of Sociology and Center for Urban Affairs, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60201 from "Parents' Choice of Services for Developmentally Disabled Children: Final Report, 1980."