Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name





Psychology, Social.


Orr, R. Robert,




The current study explored the use of internal and external resources, that were identified as helpful, by mothers who had adult sons/daughters with developmental delays living at home. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 28 mothers (ranging in age from 47 to 79 years) and analyzed qualitatively using a "constant comparative" approach. Ten categories of resources emerged from the analysis namely, Community Agencies, Employers, Family Members, Friends/Neighbours, Health Professionals, Husbands, Informal Networks, Personal Resources, Religious Faith, and Schools. However, a correlational analysis revealed that the only category significantly related to the Family Inventory of Resources for Management (FIRM), a test designed to measure resource use, was the category Religious Faith. Instead, the categorization system appeared to be better suited to the Family Crisis Oriented Personal Evaluation Scales (F-COPES). Resource use was not related to the age of the mothers, or the behaviour problems of their adult off-spring, rather, it appeared that current resource use was determined by previous resource availability. In addition, there was evidence that mothers' reports of high levels of stress were related to increased interactions with friends and neighbours.Dept. of Psychology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1995 .H36. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 34-06, page: 2496. Adviser: R. Robert Orr. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1995.