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The Family of the Handicapped: An Ecological Model for Policy and Practice

Margaret M. Bubolz and Alice P. Whiren
Family Relations
Vol. 33, No. 1, The Family with Handicapped Members (Jan., 1984), pp. 5-12
DOI: 10.2307/584584
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/584584
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The Family of the Handicapped: An Ecological Model for Policy and Practice
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Abstract

An ecological systems model for analysis of the family of the handicapped is presented. In this approach the family is viewed holistically, recognizing that behavior of any part of the system affects the entire system. A handicapped member is seen as creating intense stress on the family and especially on its total resources. If sufficient inputs are not available, the family cannot adapt to maintain a functioning microunit, make creative changes or adequate outputs to the larger community. Implications for policy and practice are presented.

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