Academic journal article Childhood Education

Relationship of Perceived Adequacy of Services, Family-Professional Partnerships, and Family Quality of Life in Early Childhood Service Programs

Academic journal article Childhood Education

Relationship of Perceived Adequacy of Services, Family-Professional Partnerships, and Family Quality of Life in Early Childhood Service Programs

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RELATIONSHIP OF PERCEIVED ADEQUACY OF SERVICES, FAMILY-PROFESSIONAL PARTNERSHIPS, AND FAMILY QUALITY OF LIFE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICE PROGRAMS. Summers, J., Marquis, J., Mannan, H., Turnbull, A., Fleming, K., Poston, D., Want, M., & Kupzyck, K., 2007. International Journal of Disability, 54(3), 319-338. A great challenge facing those involved in early childhood education is program accountability and outcome-based program evaluation. Because family-centered practices are the cornerstone of services for young children with known or suspected disabilities, the authors propose that an effective evaluation model should consider, in addition to child outcome assessment, the inclusion of family assessment measures. As the authors of this study point out, "Previous research has not specifically addressed the relationships among ratings of the adequacy of services that young children with disabilities and their families receive, parental perceptions of the quality of their partnership, and family quality of life outcomes" (p. 322). The study was designed to determine whether parents' ratings of services adequacy are related to the quality of their partnerships with professionals and to the quality of family life. …

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