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ERIC Number: EJ1016149
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Perceptions of Early Intervention Services: Adolescent and Adult Mothers in Two States
Thompson, Stacy D.; Bruns, Deborah A.
Early Childhood Research & Practice, v15 n1 Spr 2013
Early intervention (EI) provides critical services to families with young children who have diagnosed disabilities, developmental delays, or who are at-risk for developmental delays. Very little is known about the experiences of adolescent mothers who have children who qualify for EI services. The authors investigated the perceptions of adolescent and adult mothers from two states whose infants or toddlers received EI services. Descriptive and qualitative analyses were performed. Qualitative analyses indicate different views relating to EI services and interactions with EI providers for mothers in each state between and within age groups. Both groups identified positive experiences, such as the professional support and other resources they received. Adult mothers reported difficulties primarily concerning access to needed services for their children. Implications are discussed.
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Mothers, Developmental Disabilities, Developmental Delays, Disabilities, At Risk Persons, Early Parenthood, Adolescents, Attitude Measures, Parent Attitudes, Program Effectiveness, Age Differences, Adults, Infants, Toddlers, Interviews, Expectation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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