ERIC Number: ED249689
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Coping with Adolescence: Perspectives of Retarded Individuals and Their Family.
Zetlin, Andrea G.; Turner, Jim L.
Retrospective accounts of the nature of adolescence as experienced by mildly handicapped individuals were gathered through indepth conversations and interviews over an 18 month period with 48 mildly retarded adults (ages 22 to 60) living independently in the community. Structured life history interviews were also conducted with parents or other close family members of 37 of the 46 subjects. Questions focused on the impact of the handicapped child on the family and the child's developmental history, including behavioral characteristics during the teen years. For 85% of Ss, adolescence was seen as a time of acute stress in the two primary areas of parent/child relations and identity issues. Serious behavior problems were reported for 61% of Ss. The following contributing factors to a high incidence of emotional problems were reported: (1) absence of normative expectations by parents; (2) lack of a peer support network; and (3) adolescent emotional over-responsiveness, linked to a deficit in the socialization of emotionality. Consistent relationships between patterns of parenting behavior and the symptomatic behavior of the retarded adolescent were noted. (JW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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).