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ERIC Number: ED252013
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: 0
Working with Black Families Having Mentally Retarded Members.
Utley, Cheryl A.; Marion, Robert
The paper examines culture as an influential variable in the shaping of the value system within the sturcture of black families specifically those with mentally retarded members. Typical negative views of the black culture included such characteristics as matriarchal, unstable, and pathological. More recent views have focused on strengths, including strong kinship bonds, strong work orientation, and adaptability of family roles. Two strengths, the extended family or kinship network and the religious orientation, are examined in an analysis of how black families cope with retardation. Ethnographic studies focusing on child-rearing practices associated with black families of mentally retarded persons are reviewed, and results point to identifiable structural characteristics, including the role of the mother and support of the grandparents as essential elements of the social support network and the importance of the church as a source of respite care and mainstreamed experiences. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association on Mental Deficiency (108th, Minneapolis, MN, May 27-31, 1984).