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ERIC Number: EJ817547
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-0014-4029
Giving Voice to Parents of Young Children with Challenging Behavior
Worcester, Jonathan A.; Nesman, Teresa M.; Raffaele Mendez, Linda M.; Keller, Harold R.
Exceptional Children, v74 n4 p509-525 Sum 2008
This study gave voice to parents raising young children with challenging behavior using a qualitative, phenomenological approach. Seven families raising children between the ages of 25 and 43 months participated in a series of interviews. The children's primary diagnoses varied, but all children exhibited challenging behaviors such as noncompliance, self-injury, tantrums, excessive crying, and property destruction. Results showed that parents' experiences could be grouped into 5 major themes: (a) obtaining accurate and useful information, (b) obtaining services and supports, (c) financial stress, (d) stress among members of the family, and (e) community isolation. Implications for changes to systems of care for young children with challenging behaviors and their families are discussed. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A