ERIC Number: ED227612
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Family Variables in the Adjustment of Retarded Children and Youth.
Meyers, C. Edward
The study investigated the psychological home environments of 150 trainable mentally retarded (TMR) students and 250 slow learners (largely educable mentally retarded--EMR--and some educationally handicapped--EH). Data were gathered at annual intervals by home interview and school visits. The home interview included structured questions and observations, along with completion of the MOOS Family Environment Scale, and Caldwell HOME Inventory, and the Henderson HELPS. Some first-year scores from these and from interviewer ratings were capable of significantly adding to prediction of student gain in adaptation and adjustment in the second and third years. The basic psychological descriptors of the families were also employed for cluster analyses, yielding a taxonomy of five types of TMR families and seven EMR-EH families. These were validated by ethnographic and other case information and with other data, and were stable over 2 years of the study. (Author/PB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. School of Medicine.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (90th, Washington, DC, August 23-27, 1982).