By Frances Young (auth.), Joop Stolk, Theo A. Boer, Ruth Seldenrijk (eds.)

It is important for the standard of care of individuals with psychological retardation that care services event their paintings as significant. A complexity, although, is the truth that this care is split among quite a number professions. This e-book addresses problems with which means (meaning of care and that means of lifestyles) from the entire diverse specialist views concerned. one of these multidisciplinary method is exclusive and hasn't ever earlier than been undefined.
The e-book comprises the result of a chain of interviews within which mom and dad of individuals with psychological retardation have been requested what they conceive to be significant care. the implications are positioned in terms of studies and conceptions caregivers. additionally, the research analyzes the cultural, philosophical, and theological value of the concept that, `meaningful care'. eventually, the ebook explores the relevance of this idea for useful professions comparable to treatment, social paintings, academic psychology, pedagogic counseling, and pastoral care. Scholarly intensity is mixed with experiential wisdom perform. for that reason, this publication is an exceptional resource of mirrored image for all those that paintings professionally with individuals with psychological retardation.

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He loves those fluctuations of light and dark. " Stuart's father also derives meaning from his son's reactions to the things he and his wife do for him . He tells how Stuart is in especially good spirits during the weekends, when he comes home : "he is home then, in a quiet, relaxed environment. He eats the things he likes, he gets attention, he is active. You can see the enjoyment in his eyes . . " Ten parents link the meaning of caring for their child with his or her dependence. Is caring for a child with profound multiple handicaps meaningful?

Confronted with the presence of profound multiple handicaps , these parents realize that their son or daughter will never be able to meet this goal. Does this mean that their child's life lacks meaning? They answer this question in the "and yet . " manner: the life of their child is as yet meaningful, because it has other qualities . Tom is sweet and is able to accept things in his life that others never would be able to accept. Through caring for Peter, his parents have gained knowledge of life.

The central point in their study is the parents' faith as a coping resource. M. E. Hill, L. Masters Glidden, "Measuring Religiousness of Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities", Mental Retardation, Vol. 34, no. 5 (1996), pp. S. Weisner, L. Beizer, and L. Stolze, "Religion and Families of Children with Developmental Delays", American Journal on Mental Retardation, vol. 5, no 6 (\991), pp. 647-662 . 4 Wolfensberger and Menolascino distinguish three types of reactions of parents upon having a handicapped child : novelty shock, reality stress, and value conflicts .

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