SVIBOR - Project code: 5-07-326

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Project code: 5-07-326


SOCIALISATION OF RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN SEXES IN PERSONS WITH SEVERE MENTAL RETARDATION


Main researcher: TEODOROVIĆ, BORKA (49324)



Assistants
Type of research: applied
Duration from: 06/01/93. to 06/01/96.

Papers on project (total): 22
Institution name: Fakultet za defektologiju, Zagreb (13)
Department/Institute: Department of mental retardation
Address: Kušlanova 59 a
City: 10000 - Zagreb, Croatia
Communication
Phone: 385 (0)1 2338-022
Fax: 385 (0)1 229-950

Summary: The aim of this Project was to synthesize present theoretical andmethodological knowledge at the area of attitudes towardsexuality in mentally retarded persons and the Burn-out syndromein professionals working in the institutions for mentallyretarded, in order to estimate factors determining the success ofwork in these institutions. Further aim was to estimate the levelof social competence and the relationship toward own sexuality ininstitutionalized adults with moderate and severe mentalretardation. In order to fulfill aims of this investigation,diagnostic instruments, as well as different integrative programswill be developed. Such programs will synthesize some aspetcs ofsocial interaction and adjustment, as well as building uppositive self image in adults with moderate and severe mentalretardation.

Keywords: moderate and severe mental retardation, burn-out, sexuality,socialisation, coping, stress, adults, residential settings,attitudes of personnel, self-image

Research goals: This proposed project entails the complex and methodicallyco-ordinated investigation: a) investigation of the attitudes of personnel whose workinvolves the immediate interaction with mentally retarded personsas pertains to the sexuality of the mentally retarded (althoughthe attitudes vary among persons who educate and rehabilitate the mentally retarded, many suffer from the same consequence, the"Burn-Out" syndrome); b) development, implementation, and evaluation of the program foreducation of personnel who work in the immediate interaction withmentally retarded persons; c) development, implementation, and evaluation of one complexprogram adapted to the sexual needs of persons with mentalretardation. We anticipate that our results from this study will enable a moresystematic investigation of the "Burn-Out" syndrome and theattitudes toward sexuality of the mentally retarded persons. Ourfindings will enable the creation of a compleks program forsexual education and rehabilitation for moderately and severelyretarded persons who live in residential settings. During thisstudy we will design reliable techniques and instruments tomeasure the "Burn-Out" syndrome. We will develop as well aprogram for education of personnel working in the immediatecontact with mentally retarded persons who live in residentialsettings. This program should be systematically implemented in afuture study.


COOPERATION - INSTITUTIONS


  1. Name of institution: Centar za rehabilitaciju "Zagreb"
    Type of institution: Other
    Type of cooperation: Systematic exchange of information
    City: 10000 - Zagreb, Croatia

  2. Name of institution: University of Kansas
    Type of institution: University/Faculty
    Type of cooperation: Systematic exchange of information
    City: 66045 - Lawrence, Kansas

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