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Families of children with developmental disabilities [electronic resource] : understanding stress and opportunities for growth / David W. Carroll.

Author/Creator:
Carroll, David W., 1950-, author.
Publication:
Washington, D.C. : American Psychological Association, c2013.
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APA PsycBOOKS.
Subjects:
Parents of children with disabilities -- Services for.
Children with disabilities -- Family relationships.
Family social work.
Medical subjects:
Disabled Children.
Family Relations.
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Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Summary:
"This volume reflects the culmination of my professional and personal journeys. I became the father of a child with cerebral palsy shortly after beginning a faculty appointment at the University of Wisconsin-Superior in 1978 and spent the next 22 years balancing my professorial responsibilities with those of the father of a child with serious medical needs. I consulted physicians, worked with physical and occupational therapists, and attended meetings with educators. Along the way, I learned a fair amount about the legal and cultural aspects of disability and reflected on how my son's disabilities pervaded virtually every aspect of my life. Parenting a child with a developmental disability influences a person emotionally, physically, socially, and financially. Although much research has examined how families respond to the challenges of a child with a developmental disability, no single volume pulls all of the research together. I anticipate that this volume will be useful to developmental psychologists interested in family dynamics, particularly those interested in how the stresses associated with children with developmental disabilities influence family interactions. The volume should also be of value to clinical psychologists and other mental health professionals who provide services to families touched by disability. The volume is organized developmentally. It begins with the initial reactions of parents to a child with an unexpected health condition, then analyzes the family as a system of interconnected members adapting to a child with developmental issues, and finally discusses how family dynamics shift when an individual with a disability approaches adulthood. I also expect that clinical psychologists will find much of value here. The experience of parenting a child with a disability is undeniably stressful, and some parents may benefit from professional help. On the other hand, parents often find meaning and benefit in their lives with children with disabilities. I believe that the characterization of the mix of emotions found here will be useful for clinicians who treat families of children with disabilities"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2013 APA, all rights reserved).
Contents:
Preface
Introduction
Initial experience and reactions
Stress, coping, and growth
Family change and reorganization
Medical issues and medical professionals
Special education, inclusion, and advocacy
Social exclusion and social support
Developmental disabilities through the life span
Life challenges and life stories
Death and bereavement
Clinical implications
Conclusions and future directions
References.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 173-216) and index.
Electronic reproduction. Washington, D.C. : American Psychological Association, 2014. Available via World Wide Web. Access limited by licensing agreement. s2014 dcunns
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ISBN:
9781433813290 (electronic bk.)
1433813297 (electronic bk.)
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Restricted for use by site license.