ERIC Number: ED253992
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: 0
Family Therapy as a Treatment Model for Families with a Mentally Retarded Child.
Parker, Tommie; Cooper, Robert M.
Assessment and treatment implications of family therapy for mentally retarded individuals are examined. Parental reactions to initial diagnosis are noted as are special problems exhibited by parents (such as parental inadequacies and emotional problems) that require intervention. The critical nature of diagnostic interpretation is emphasized, and the need for supportive family counseling at this point is stressed. Three areas for treatment intervention are explored: (1) within the developmental life stages of families with a retarded child, (2) through the hierarchical structure of these families, and (3) inside the central triangle (mother, father, disabled child) of the retarded child's family. Case studies illustrating each type of treatment intervention are offered. Diagrams of family dysfunction commonly found in families with mentally retarded children are presented. The professional's role in trying to foster functional intrafamilial relationships through restructuring the family hierarchy and family role assignments is considered. Eleven references are listed. (CL)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Mental Deficiency (108th, Minneapolis, MN, May 27-31, 1984).