ERIC Number: ED444290
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Jun-2
Examining the Beliefs of Involved Adults Concerning the Moral and Religious Development of Individuals with Mental Retardation.
Brown, Randel D.; Shepherd, Terry L.
This report discusses the outcomes of a study that examined the beliefs concerning the moral and religious development of individuals with mental retardation. Forty-four individuals who met the criteria of professionals who provide direct care to, or had administrative responsibility for, individuals with mental retardation participated in the study. Participants completed a Q sort with a concourse of 45 items reflecting potential opinions. Four dissimilar factors emerged. The most profound identifier of factor A, "Hopeful Humanist," is the way in which the 16 members of this group perceived individuals with mental retardation as people first and saw in each individual a person who can exhibit selfless love, which to the Hopeful Humanist is the highest characteristic of moral development. The seven members of factor B, "Devout Followers," see themselves as directed by God and willing followers of God. As "Special Caregivers," the six members of factor C make it clear that there is a distinct difference between individuals with mental retardation and those who are without disabilities. In factor D, "Staunch Copers," the most important belief of the six members was a realistic and pragmatic view about the individual with mental disabilities. (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of American Association on Mental Retardation (124th, Washington, DC, May 30-June 3, 2000).