ERIC Number: ED285296
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
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Home Environment of Handicapped Children.
Hooshyar, Nahid T.
The study examined the interaction between the developmental condition of nonhandicapped and handicapped children and the psychosocial climate of the home. Mothers of 34 nonhandicapped, 22 Down syndrome, and 18 language impaired children (mean ages 3.5 years) participated in a study which used the Family Environment Scale (FES) to evaluate the psychosocial climate of the home, the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scale to assess developmental status of the child, and collected related demographic and background information. Among reported results was that neither handicapping condition nor sex of the child affected the personal growth dimension of the FES, a measure of the extent to which the family environment fosters high receptive communication skills and outside experiences for the child. However, handicapping condition did affect the autonomy/control dimension of the FES in that families with nonhandicapped children scored higher on this dimension. A positive score on the autonomy/control dimension indicates a home climate which fosters independence, openness, and expressiveness. Additional results are discussed in the context of the general conclusion that certain aspects of the home environment do seem influenced by the handicapping condition of the child, but that this influence is neither clearcut nor simple. (JW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
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