ERIC Number: ED247697
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Group Homes as Resources for the Future: What Do Parents Want?
Mulcahey, Mary Ann; Warren, Steven F.
Sixty older parents were interviewed about plans for the future living arrangements of their 35 adult mentally retarded sons and daughters. Seventeen of the 35 families lived in rural communities, 18 in an urban area. Questions focused on (1) whether or not group care was perceived as an alternative to sibling care or institutional placement; and (2) whether or not formal applications had been made or plans discussed with siblings. It was found that only five families (all urban) had made any formal plans for living arrangements. Almost 40% of urban parents wanted group home placement but had not made application. No rural parents had discussed plans with a potential caretaker; 58.8% were hoping that a sibling would provide care. Larger family size in rural areas suggested less reliance on community resources. Elderly urban parents with small families tended to be undecided about future arrangements. In both rural and urban communities, younger, more educated parents were more willing to consider group home placement. Among conclusions was that, without parent application for services, providers will have difficulty predicting future need for community residential services. (JW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Gatlinburg Conference on Research in Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (17th, Gatlinburg, TN, March 7-9, 1984).