ERIC Number: ED254029
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Impact of the Diagnostic Process on Parents of Infants and Preschool Children. Final Report.
Tice, Terrence N.; Hanson, Janice L.
In an investigation of the impact of the psychological/educational diagnostic process on the parents of young children at risk for developmental delay, 18 families completed questionnaires and were interviewed concerning their child's evaluation. Transcribed interviews conducted 1-2 weeks after the evaluation and 4 months after the evaluations were analyzed to determine validity of predicted ratings. Data analysis addressed four areas: (1) identification of themes (including outside factors affecting parental reactions, parental relationships with the evaluator, parental involvement in the evaluation, and parents' perceptions of the validity of the child's performance); (2) comparisons across time; (3) parents' ratings of evaluation features, and (4) relationships between evaluation features and parent reactions (including the finding that parents with more involvement during the evaluation appeared to remember more information from the evaluation). Results were used to devise a model for developmental evaluations that seeks to meet parents' needs at the time of their child's evaluation. The model is designed to establish a comfortable relationship between the parent and the evaluator, convey clear and specific information to parents, and use information from parental observations in the evaluation findings. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor.
Note: Submitted to the Student Research Program.