PSYC 3850 Chapter Notes - Chapter 12: Intellectual Disability, Reaction Formation, Etiology

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Family is characterized as a diverse and evolving social system. The family is the oldest and most enduring of all human institutions. Married couples constitute onlt 52% of famiy households. Approximately 20% of all children are living in single parent families with the mother as the head of the household. Regardless of its structure, the family is centered on an emotional bond between parents and the children. Many individuals see children as an extension of themselves, others as a means to attain some degree of immorality. 8% of family members between the ages of 5 and 20 have an identified disability. Family systems exist for reasons such as: security, belonging and love. The impact of the child with intellectual disabilities on the family. Intellectual disabilities may be apparent at birth or may become evident only with the passage of time. Parents of children with intellectual disabilities may have many reactions, ranging from awareness and acceptance.

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