ERIC Number: ED341180
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Organizations for Parents of Children Who Have Serious Emotional Disorders: Report of a National Study.
Friesen, Barbara J.
This report describes a national survey of organizations of and for parents of children and adolescents with serious emotional disabilities. The telephone survey located 207 parent organizations of which 26.7 percent were publicly affiliated and 72.9 percent were either private, non-profit, or informally organized. About 54 percent were part of national organizations and 42.5 percent were affiliated with state or local organizations. Organizations were located in all but three states. Almost all (99 percent) of the organizations provided information/education services, parent training (88.9 percent) and advocacy activities (85.5 percent). Most provided direct assistance (79.2 percent) and support groups (63.3 percent). Approximately 95 percent provided services to professionals. Programmatic difficulties identified included involving parents and developing leadership. Most organizations found it easier to establish working relationships with local than with state level agencies. The average age of the organizations was 14.2 years (though 27.1 percent had been established in the 4 years prior to the study). Service delivery issues were identified in the areas of service comprehensiveness, service quantity, interagency coordination, and access to services. Tables and figures detail the findings. Survey forms are appended. (DB)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Child Advocacy, Delivery Systems, Elementary Secondary Education, Emotional Disturbances, Information Services, National Surveys, Needs Assessment, Organizational Development, Organizations (Groups), Parent Associations, Parent Attitudes, Parent Education, Services, Social Support Groups
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHHS), Rockville, MD.; National Inst. on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Portland State Univ., OR. Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health.