College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Assessment and treatment of families with visually handicapped children: A project description

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1986

Keywords

Family Problems, Family Relationship, Interaction, Intervention, Visual Impairments

Publication Title

Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness

ISSN

0145-482X

Volume

80

Issue/No.

3

Abstract

Describes a 4-yr project designed to collect assessment data concerning patterns of family interaction and adjustment in families with a visually handicapped child (aged 10–17 yrs) and to remediate disturbed interactions and effect social and emotional adjustment in the families. Family assessment methods include direct observations, self-reports, test batteries, and role-play tests. Family treatment strategies include direct instructions, modeling, and feedback. Investigators deem the family-systems approach to offer a useful framework to view the impact of the family on the fate of the child, while simultaneously viewing the impact of the child on the family. (31 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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