ERIC Number: ED218916
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Living with a Handicapped Child: Findings on Families and Early Intervention.
Moran, Mary A.
Effects of children's diagnosis, setting of intervention, and involvement in parent education groups on families of 85 parents of handicapped children were investigated. Significant results were found regarding reported parent-child interaction, early intervention program suggestions, family stress, and both formal and informal family support systems. Parents of children with conditions associated with mental retardation were significantly more likely to report that they did nothing differently with the child as a result of his/her special needs, compared with parents of children with orthopedic impairments who reported doing significantly more physical therapy activities. However, mothers related more typically to their orthopedically impaired children than did mothers of retarded children. Families as a whole and fathers individually reported seeking child care advice from various sources significantly more. The degree of severity of the child's handicap affected daily family life and the family's interaction with their child's treatment program. The age of the child also was associated with significant changes in parent-child interaction patterns. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children (60th, Houston, TX, April 11-16, 1982, Session F-B1).