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Family problem-solving with children who have mental retardation.

Authors
  • Floyd, Frank J
  • Harter, Kristina S M
  • Costigan, Catherine L
Type
Published Article
Journal
American journal of mental retardation : AJMR
Publication Date
Nov 01, 2004
Volume
109
Issue
6
Pages
507–524
Identifiers
PMID: 15471516
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Problem-solving discussions were observed within families of children with mental retardation and multiple comparison groups (total N = 162 families). As expected, parents were more persistent and directive with their children who had mental retardation, but they also avoided negative exchanges with these children. These patterns did not spillover to interactions with the siblings, though older siblings of young children with mental retardation engaged in frequent negative exchanges with the parents. Irrespective of disability status, child behavior problems were associated with negative parent-child interactions. Also, high levels of family cohesion and independence and low levels of enmeshment and disengagement were associated with fewer negative parent-child exchanges, though these effects were less pronounced for interactions, specifically with children who have mental retardation.

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