Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Education


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Uldis Smidchens

Second Advisor

Dr. Zigmund Kryszak

Third Advisor

Dr. Richard Munsterman


The purpose of this study was to investigate the differences in adaptive as well as maladaptive behaviors of those developmentally disabled persons who have participated in a Family Support Program and those who have not participated in such a program.

The study focused on the adaptive and maladaptive behaviors of 10 developmentally disabled persons for the time period from November 1980 to April 1982. These subjects for the study were between the ages of 4 and 20, residents of Macomb County, and actively serviced by the Macomb County Life Consultation Center. Data used in the study were generated through the use of the American Association of Mental Deficiency Adaptive Behavior Scale.

The developmentally disabled persons who participated in the Macomb County Family Support Program made greater changes in a positive direction on the adaptive as well as maladaptive behaviors than those individuals who did not participate in this program.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access