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ERIC Number: ED307774
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Aug
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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Ideals of Society and Parental Responsibility.
Gustavsson, Anders
The paper describes the conflict between parental responsibility for a handicapped child, particularly a retarded child, and the parents' other interests and concerns. Swedish parents (N=60) of retarded children were interviewed once and three families were interviewed several times over a 6-month period. Parents typically went through a period of trial and error before finding their own style of living with the handicapped child. Phases in this process typically involved discovery, meeting the new life situation, personal solution, and retesting. Mothers and fathers were often affected differently by the conflict between their own needs and the child's needs. Sample dialogue from the interviews is included to illustrate the study's conclusions. A third study, involving 47 of the original group, examined effects of group and family counseling. This study found that counselors were unable to give parents direct advice in finding suitable personal solutions, though parents were helped by a reduced sense of deviation, a deepened insight into their own family situation, and increasing awareness of resources for finding personal solutions. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden