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Out-of-Home Placement for Children with Retardation: Family Decision Making and Satisfaction

Jan Blacher and Bruce L. Baker
Family Relations
Vol. 43, No. 1 (Jan., 1994), pp. 10-15
DOI: 10.2307/585136
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/585136
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Out-of-Home Placement for Children with Retardation: Family Decision Making and Satisfaction
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Abstract

Despite public policy supporting home-care for children with mental retardation, some families still seek out-of-home placement. Sixty-two families that had recently placed their children were interviewed about their experiences. Placement generally followed a gradual build up of child-related stress. Parents reported high satisfaction with the placement and positive family adaptation following placement. Family experiences generally were not related to the child's age, level of retardation, or behavior problems, or to the size of the placement facility.

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