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ERIC Number: ED402715
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Support and Service Needs of Parents with Intellectual Disability: Parent Perspectives.
Llewellyn, Gwynnyth
A research project in Australia investigated the support and service needs of 47 parents (40 mothers and 7 fathers) with intellectual disability. The study involved interviews and questionnaires with parents, significant others, and service workers; focus groups; and a survey of generic service providers. Findings indicated that 63 percent of parents reported needing help with child care and development; 58 percent needed support in the domestic area of money management; 50 percent needed help with using community resources; and 45 percent needed help with vocational skills/training. Parents also expressed a need for help with friendships. Additionally, the study found that parents, significant others, and service workers were generally consistent on the help they thought parents needed. Service workers reported such concerns as a lack of time and high caseloads and an inability to provide the practical day-to-day help parents need. The study resulted in eight recommendations: (1) intensive, individualized support; (2) on-going funding; (3) family-centered focus; (4) accessible, available services; (5) supportive environment for parents; (6) interagency collaboration; (7) data collection; and (8) a pilot project on interagency collaboration. (Contains 10 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia