An Important Survey Seeks to Find Ways in Which Parents of Children with a Disability Can Help Themselves

Parents of children with disabilities as advocates and self-advocates

Parents are encouraged to take part in this important survey to identify ways in which they can be better served by government and independent nonprofit social service agencies.

Please help parents of children with disabilities help themselves.

A clinical psychologist and parent of a child with Down syndrome is conducting an important national survey of parents of children with special needs. The survey seeks to identify the experiences of these parents; how they cope with daily life stressors; and what the effects of care-giving may have on their physical and emotional health.

Rather than focusing on dysfunction, this survey takes a positive approach, looking at psychological functioning such as resiliency, coping strategies and the strengths that emerge in such families.

Participants who volunteer will complete a group of online surveys asking about their emotional and physical health, coping techniques, and the quality of their life. Completing the surveys should take between 30-45 minutes, and all responses are both confidential and anonymous; all responses will be grouped together for analysis, no individual answers will be examined.

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NJFamilySurvey

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