Pamela Boyer

Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

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Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Human Development, Consumer and Family Sciences


Today, people with intellectual disabilities are no longer isolated in special facilities or institutions. In fact, most people with intellectual disabilities now grow up in their families of origin and are socialized not only by their families but also by the communities in which they reside. A natural progression is that more of these individuals may exercise their parenting rights. This raises concern because service delivery is not always appropriate to meet their unique individual needs; and their children may be at a higher risk for developmental delays, neglect, abuse, environmental deprivation, and out of home placement. Using a bioecological model (Bronfenbrenner, 1992), this research is a qualitative research project, a case study, looking at mother with an intellectual disability who has maintained care and custody of her five year old daughter and the multiple social systems beyond her that influence her and are influenced by her. These include but are not limited to her own feelings and behaviors, her family's impressions, social service professional's concerns, the perceptions and concerns of the community and of society regarding her ability to parent.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Women with mental disabilities -- Case studies
Parents with mental disabilities -- Case Studies
Parent and child-- Case studies



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South Dakota State University