ERIC Number: ED285314
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Stress Associated with Handicapped Children: Guidelines for Family Management.
Tynan, Donna D.; Fritsch, Ronald E.
The literature on coping with stressful life events and the literature on parental issues related to the birth of a handicapped child suggest that such variables as understanding of the nature, intensity, and duration of parental responses figure prominently in their adjustment to the disability. The development of support programs designed to improve the parents' coping strategies, to improve their perceptions of the child and of their own abilities to deal with stress, and to improve their ability to regain a sense of control in their lives are critical for successful reduction of parental stress. Social workers can help parents through this process by helping them to see the child's behavior in different, more positive ways, to assess children's behavior and identify specific target behaviors, and to develop behavior management skills (such as use of verbal cues, positive comments, reinforcement techniques, modeling, guided participation, response cost, "time outs," and punishment). (CB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
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