ERIC Number: ED395249
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr-10
Family-Centered Early Intervention: Program Practices Affecting Family Involvement.
Sources of variations in parents' assessment of helpgiving practices and perceived control appraisals were investigated in this study. Participants included 69 parents of children, birth to age five, with disabilities or at-risk for poor developmental outcomes. Results indicated that parent and family characteristics showed no relationship to either helpgiving practices or perceptions of personal control and self-efficacy. In contrast, program characteristics and helpgiving practices were highly associated with the degree to which parents indicated they had control over needed services, resources, and supports. The paper concludes by stating that at least three implications for the kinds of practices that need to be adopted if helpgiving is to have competency enhancing outcomes emerge from the study findings: (1) the ways in which services are provided are as important as the type of services provided; (2) helpgivers need to provide complete, meaningful information so that families can make informed decisions; and (3) helpgiving that results in families attributing change to their own actions appears to increase the likelihood that helpgiving relationships will be beneficial. Three tables present data and statistical analysis. Contains 36 references. (TS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Tennessee Univ., Knoxville.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, April 8-12, 1996).