ERIC Number: ED342187
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Mental Handicap Services: Development Trends in Pakistan. Report of a Survey.
This work reports upon a 1990 questionnaire survey of 16 Pakistani leaders in the field of mental handicap. Results are compared with those of a similar survey conducted in 1982. Most respondents reported that services in this field have increased both in quantity and quality. Differing views were expressed concerning: ease or difficulty of fundraising; terminology and the level of public awareness of mental handicap and ability to differentiate it from mental illness; involvement with self advocacy and parents' movements; effectiveness of services reaching rural and slum populations; access to published books/journals on mental handicap and special education; level of mutual cooperation between voluntary and government agencies; and issues of skill shortage, of environmental design, of equipment availability and of daily transport. Respondents also varied greatly on whether there is a suitable blend of Western and Pakistani ideas and methods, or excessive domination of foreign ideas. Appendices include summaries of development reports written from 1980 through 1988, a paper on the problems of definition and categorization, a discussion of past and future mental handicap studies, and a proposal for planning for mentally handicapped people. (86 references) (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Agencies, Attitudes, Community Programs, Cultural Influences, Definitions, Developing Nations, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Government Role, Mental Disorders, Mental Retardation, Needs Assessment, Opinions, Questionnaires, Services, Special Education, Surveys, Trend Analysis
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mental Health Centre, Peshawar (Pakistan).
Identifiers - Location: Pakistan