Effects of family intervention on maternal-child interaction for mothers with developmental disabilities.

Author: Keltner, B.;Finn, D.;Shearer, D.
Year: 1995
Reference Type: Journal Article
Journal/Book Title: Family Community Health.
Volume: 17
Issue: 4
Pages: 35-49
Abstract: Maternal developmental disability is associated with child abuse and neglect, inadequate home environments, and inter-generational disability, yet family practice rarely accommodates the challenges and special needs of these women. The path of family dysfunction contributing most to these untoward outcomes is maternal-child interaction. Forty women with developmental disabilities were randomly assigned to two groups, one receiving conventional family supports and the other a developmentally appropriate family intervention. The family intervention, called STARS, focused on improving maternal competencies, particularly in the area of maternal-child interaction. At the end of year 1, mothers who participated in the family intervention demonstrated significant improvement in maternal-child interaction.

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