Serving young children whose parents are mentally retarded

Author: Lynch, E.W.;Bakley, S.
Year: 1989
Reference Type: Journal Article
Journal/Book Title: Infants and Young Children
Volume: 1
Issue: 3
Pages: 26-38
Abstract: This article focuses on the issues that emerge and the support systems that are required when adults who are mentally retarded choose to become parents. It briefly reviews the literature on the cognitive and social/emotional characteristics associated with mental retardation, the literature on parents with mental retardation, and the interaction between these characteristics and issues in relation to child abuse and neglect. Three case studies in which one or more of the parents is mentally retarded are presented to illustrate the range of problems and needs that parents with mental retardation have as they try to parent effectively. The article concludes with recommendations for service providers who work with parents who are mentally retarded.

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