ERIC Number: EJ835582
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
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Service Delivery to Parents with an Intellectual Disability: Family-Centred or Professionally Centred?
Wade, Catherine M.; Mildon, Robyn L.; Matthews, Jan M.
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v20 n2 p87-98 Mar 2007
Background: Studies support the use of family-centred practices in service delivery to families where a parent has an intellectual disability. This paper examines the importance of such practices to parents. Materials and Methods: Interview responses from 32 parents with intellectual disability were coded by two independent raters as reflecting family-centred or professionally centred practice. Responses reflecting family-centred practice were then coded as "relational" or "participatory" helpgiving. Results: Service characteristics considered helpful by parents were more likely to be rated as family-centred practice than professionally centred practice. Family-centred practices considered helpful were more likely to be coded participatory than relational helpgiving. Conclusions: The results support the conclusion that parents find family-centred practices more helpful than professionally centred practices, and participatory helpgiving more helpful than relational helpgiving. The findings are discussed in relation to the tendency for an "implementation lag" in service delivery to families.
Descriptors: Mental Retardation, Parents with Disabilities, Delivery Systems, Social Support Groups, Social Services, Interviews, Parent Attitudes, Family Programs, Helping Relationship, Parent Participation
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