ERIC Number: ED392234
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jan
Parent Survey: The Experience of Parenting a Child with Disabilities.
This study (stage two of a proposed four-part study) employed qualitative methods and descriptive statistics to examine child mental retardation from the perspective of the family. Ninety-five mothers of children with mental retardation were surveyed using an 80-item questionnaire and 3 open-ended questions which provided mothers an opportunity to articulate their own experiences in their own words. Data were analyzed to determine children's and mothers' needs and experiences, including educational needs and experiences, and to compare experiences with those of three case study families from stage one of the study. Recommendations are offered in terms of attitude change, policy change, and suggestions for service providers. Recommendations support current levels of understanding in the field of "best practices" for service delivery to families of children with disabilities. A bibliography of approximately 65 items is provided. Appendices offer a copy of the survey form, statistical data from the survey, and responses to the open-ended questions. (Contains 11 references, 22 tables, and 6 figures.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Attitude Change, Child Rearing, Children, Delivery Systems, Educational Experience, Elementary Secondary Education, Experience, Family Life, Family Relationship, Foreign Countries, Human Services, Mental Retardation, Mother Attitudes, Mothers, Parent Child Relationship, Parent School Relationship, Public Policy, Social Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: For stage one of the study, see ED 371 529. Appended materials printed on colored paper.