ERIC Number: ED276158
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
A Professional Challenge: Working with Multi-Problem Families.
Carson, Ann Taylor
The manual for professionals working with multi-problem families was developed by Project IINTACT which provided home-based services to families with young children who were developmentally delayed or at risk of developmental delay. Three groups of high risk families were served: those in which one or more parents is mentally retarded, those families with serious psychosocial difficulties, and families in which the mother is an unmarried minor. The manual suggests strategies for dealing with the following problems within the family: (1) poor self concept of the mother, (2) gaps in essential parenting knowledge, (3) social isolation, (4) health concerns, (5) poor communication skills, (6) lack of motivation, (7) socioeconomic problems, (8) poor nutrition, (9) family violence, and (10) alcoholism and substance abuse. Problems between the family and home visitor are also discussed and include hostility, distrust, and fear of outsiders; language and cultural differences; and non-compliance (such as missed appointments). Also noted are problems of the home visitor including turf protection against other service providers, fear about visiting families in hazardous urban areas, and professional burn-out. (DB)
Descriptors: Alcoholism, Communication Skills, Developmental Disabilities, Drug Abuse, Family Problems, Health, High Risk Persons, Home Visits, Knowledge Level, Motivation, One Parent Family, Parent Education, Self Concept, Social Isolation, Social Problems, Social Services, Violence, Young Children
Project IINTACT, Special Education Department, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92182 ($5.00; make check payable to SDSU Foundation).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Counselors; Community
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC. Handicapped Children's Early Education Program.
Authoring Institution: San Diego State Univ., CA.
Note: A part of Project IINTACT.