ERIC Number: ED455636
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Families of Children with Mental Retardation: Effective Collaboration.
Singh, Delar K.
This paper discuses the findings of a research study that compared 191 families of children with spina bifida and 145 families of children with mental retardation. Findings include: (1) mothers of children with developmental disabilities (DD) perceived that they experienced more poor health/mood problems than the mothers of children with Spina Bifida; (2) mothers of children with DD perceived that they worried more about their children than the mothers of children with spina bifida; (3) mothers of children with DD perceived that they experienced more problems due to low integration of the child with the disability into the family; (4) mothers of children with DD perceived that their sons and daughters have more personality and behavior problems than the mothers of children with spina bifida; and (5) mothers of children with spina bifida perceived that their children have more problems in the area of self-care than the mothers of children with DD. The paper identifies the following strategies for collaborating with families: maintain confidentiality, provide emotional support in a non-judgmental way, recognize that parenting is a specialized discipline, provide open and accurate information about normal development and necessary services, and make meaningful attempts to involve parents. (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Division on Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (Baltimore, MD, October 12-14, 2000).