ERIC Number: ED248659
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Salient Variables in Research with Mentally Retarded Children.
Mink, Iris Tan; And Others
Nineteen variables measuring environmental process, environmental press, and child rearing practices and attitudes were used to perform a cluster analysis of families with trainable mentally retarded (TMR) children. Five different family types were identified: (1) cohesive, harmonious; (2) control-oriented, somewhat unharmonious; (3) low-disclosure, unharmonious; (4) child-oriented, expressive; and (5) disadvantaged with low morale. Three of these types resembled family types obtained in a cluster analysis of families of the educable mentally retarded or educationally handicapped. A canonical analysis of the 19 variables revealed that the most important dimension differentiating the clusters was one labeled "provision of an enriched environment for child development." Followup case studies of families of two types: cohesive, harmonious; and disadvantaged, low morale, are provided. Two tables showing the 19 variables and the family topologies, and 9 cluster analysis figures, conclude the report. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Gatlinburg Conference on Research in Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (16th, Gatlinburg, TN, March 16-18, 1983). For related information, see EC 170 439.