Parental attitudes to out-of-home placement of young children with developmental disabilities

Ruth Raif, Arie Rimmerman

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The study tested the rcscarch construct that parental inclination to apply for out-of-home placement for their young children with developmental disabilities (up to 5 ycars) was a function of their stress levcls, sense of cohcrence, and social support rcceived from formal and informal resourccs. Sixty-one parents (out of 80) of children diagnosed as developmcntally disabled in the central Western part of Israel participatcd in the study. The construct above was confirmcd, as the sense of cohcrence and informal social support moderated the levcls of stress and parental considcration of out-of-home placement for the young child. In brief, parents that favoured raising their developmcntally disabled children at home had high levcls of sense of cohcrence and a strong informal support System. Findings are interpreted with respect to practicc and previous rcscarch.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-105
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Rehabilitation Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1993
Externally publishedYes


  • Developmental disability
  • Mental handicap
  • Mental retardation
  • Out-of-home placcment
  • Parental attitudes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation


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