ERIC Number: ED209852
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
A Family Career and Individual Life Cycle Perspective on Planning Residential and Vocational Options for Mentally Retarded Children.
Suelzle, Marijean; Keenan, Vincent
The paper explores the relationship between 330 families' adaptations to their mentally retarded children and the manner in which parents plan for future residential and vocational opportunities. B. Farber's theory of minimal family adaptation is tested to see whether family characteristics (such as demographics and family career); child's characteristics (such as severity of the disability, sex, and age); and the family's involvement in informal and formal social networks affects parents' planning. A literature review applies the concepts of family career and individual life cycles to families with mentaly retarded children as they plan for future services. Forward stepwise regression analyses were performed on data gathered from a mail survey questionnaire of 330 parents of mentally retarded children from birth to 21 years old. In general, strong support was found for Farber's theory of minimal adaptation. The strongest predictors of parents' planning were family career, child's characteristics, and community support. Family demographics were found to be the least significant predictors. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Illinois State Dept. of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, Springfield.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at joint session of Family and of Youth, Aging, and Life Course at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (Toronto, Canada, August, 1981).