Families and Mental Retardation: New Directions in Professional Practice


This volume is written from the perspective of a competence paradigm for professional practice, which offers a constructive alternative to the more prevalent pathology models. The goal of professional practice is to empower families in coping with the catastrophic stressor of mental illness, recognizing the strengths and resources of families, which have often been minimized in the past, and fostering new collaborative modes of family-professional relationships. Unique features include a consideration of life-span, family system and subsystem perspectives, and powerful personal accounts of family members.


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