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ERIC Number: ED408067
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1320-6648
How Family-Centered Are Early Intervention Services: Staff and Parent Perceptions?
Dempsey, Ian; Carruthers, Anne
Journal of Australian Research in Early Childhood Education, v1 p105-10 1997
The 1990s has seen a dramatic shift in the desired orientation of early intervention services, involving a movement away from child-centered approaches in assessment and intervention to a family-centered approach in service delivery. This study attempted to contribute to the little research available on the efficacy of the family-centered approach. Early intervention staff (187 respondents) and parents with a young child attending an early intervention program (273 respondents) in New South Wales were surveyed about their perceptions of the extent to which support, provided or received, was family-centered, and their perceptions of the way in which they would like support to be provided or received. Overall, results indicated that staff are more concerned about the practices generally believed to demonstrate a family-centered approach than are parents. Family-centered practices in early intervention services appeared to be widely implemented in the Australian state, and the vast majority of parents were satisfied with the level of support they receive from these services. Although there were significant differences between parent and staff ratings of the actual and desired level of implementation of family-centered practice, the differences were not large enough to constitute a gulf between families and intervention services. (Contains 17 references.) (EV)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia