ERIC Number: ED307764
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Aug
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How Do We Grasp "Reality" in Research about Families with Handicapped Children--and What Is Reality?
This paper discusses different approaches used by researchers to acquire a comprehensive picture of what family life is like when one of the family members is handicapped. Researchers must determine the best time to get a "true" picture of what family life is like and must determine whether parents describe the true family situation or react to their perceptions of societal expectations. Researchers must also understand the different perspectives of family observers/participants (such as the handicapped individual, siblings, parents, sociologists, or psychoanalysts), in their descriptions of family life. The paper recommends that researchers turn to the great artists and learn by their experience to develop new ways to describe reality. Examples of different dimensions of a complex reality are presented, as captured by researchers, autobiographers, and fiction writers in various cultural and social contexts. (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on Family Support (1st, Stockholm, Sweden, August 14-18, 1988).