ERIC Number: ED311669
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Family Demographics, Family Functioning, and Parent Involvement.
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 relationship between family demographics, family functioning, and teacher ratings of parental involvement in their children's education programs. Families from low socio-economic status groups were rated by teachers as less involved with their children's programs than parents from higher income groups. Furthermore, these low income families had fewer resources and sources of support available to them. Data were interpreted to suggest that expected levels of parental involvement should take into consideration the family's economic, social, and educational resources, and that service providers will need to somehow address these areas when significant needs are evident. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Practitioners
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). For related document, see EC 221 084.