Mothers' expectations for the futures of their mentally handicapped children

Noseworthy, Lise Anne (1988) Mothers' expectations for the futures of their mentally handicapped children. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

Twenty-eight mothers of 29 school-aged, mentally handicapped children were interviewed at home during the summer of 1987 to determine what expectations they held for the futures of their children and to determine what factors influenced these expectations. -- Data analysis showed that all mothers had developed expectations for the futures of their children in virtually all areas examined. It appears that the development of these expectations is very much influenced by the mothers' estimations of the childrens' degree of handicapping condition. Further analysis revealed that mothers', perceptions of their childrens' abilities is influenced by mothers' perceptions of their childrens' overall development. No particular developmental factor, i.e., language development, fine motor skills, mobility, etc. could be identified as contributing to mothers perceptions of their childrens abilities. Factors previously thought to influence the development of maternal expectations, i.e., family or professional support and socioeconomic status of the families had little effect in this study. All results described in this study were done so with caution in light of the small sample size (n = 28).

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/5814
Item ID: 5814
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 60-61.
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Psychology
Science, Faculty of > Psychology
Date: 1988
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Children with mental disabilities; Parents of children with disabilities

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