Parents with mental retardation: A national strategy

Author: Tymchuk, A.
Year: 1990
Reference Type: Journal Article
Journal/Book Title: Journal of Disability Policy Studies
Volume: 1
Issue: 4
Pages: 43-55
Abstract: The topic of parenting by people with mental retardation has a long and controversial history during which it was assumed that, as a result of that mental retardation, they were unable to provided adequate parenting. More recently, individual researchers and practitioners have attempted to demonstrate that, while some parents with mental retardation do not provide adequate child care, many currently do so and are able to improve their parenting skills. Unfortunately, there have been limited responses to systematically address this area. In this report the author presents what we do and do not know about parents with mental retardation and, based upon his experience in the mental retardation field for the past two decades, makes recommendations for a national strategy.

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