Collaboration is an essential component in support and service provision for children who have developmental disabilities due to the extensive needs and specialized care required in all aspects of daily living. This exploratory, qualitative study examined the attitudes, opinions, and experiences related to the collaborative process as viewed from the perspective of family members who have children with developmental disabilities. Purposive sampling was employed in this study. Four focus group interviews were conducted using family members of children with developmental disabilities. From these sessions, seven themes emerged (a) knowledge; (b) sensitivity; (c) individuality; (d) equality; (e) funding; (f) support; and (g) quality. The findings of this study help facilitate a better understanding of family members' views on collaboration, which will ultimately help to facilitate and overcome barriers to collaboration between family members and professionals within this field.
|Commitee:||Caron, Janice, Yick-Flanagan, Alice|
|Department:||School of Human Services|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-B 69/01, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Physical therapy, Special education, Individual & family studies|
|Keywords:||Collaboration, Developmental disabilities, Disability, Family, Parent perspective, Parent-professional collaboration, Special needs|
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