ERIC Number: ED311668
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Family Type, Sources of Support, and Stress among Families of Preschool Children.
Lowitzer, Arthur C.
The nation-wide study assessed the effectiveness of the various delivery systems providing early intervention services to handicapped young children. The Battelle Developmental Inventory was the primary measure of child development. A series of parent measures were used and demographic information was also collected. Data from project sites including approximately 580 parents were analyzed, examining the: (1) impact of family adaptation style or coping style; (2) stress with the consideration of sources of support and resources available; and (3) other stressful life events that these families had experienced. Results indicated that families from low socio-economic status groups tended to be very disengaged in terms of their coping skills, while families from higher income groups tended to be enmeshed or very close-knit families. Furthermore, these low income families had fewer sources and resources for support available to them. An analysis of covariance indicated that significant differences remained between groups based on the cohesion-type from the Family Adaptability and Cohesion Evaluation Scales after accounting for differences in family resources, family sources of support, and other critical life events faced by the families involved. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Utah State Univ., Logan. Early Intervention Research Inst.
Note: Paper presented at the Society for Research in Child Development (Kansas City, MO, April 27-30, 1989). Tables 3 and 4 have small print. For related document, see EC 221 085.