Evaluation of the implementation of the model for empowerment of a family with a mentally handicapped child

10 Sep 2015

A model that was developed for empowerment of families with mentally handicapped children was applied to three families, but only one family will be reported in this article. The model revealed positive achievement of aims and objectives after mobilization of resources. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the implementation of the empowerment model for the family of a mentally handicapped child in Moletši centre for the mentally handicapped children. The population was all families of mentally handicapped children at Moletši centre. Non-probability, purposive sampling was used. A case study approach using semi-structured interviews and assessment guides were adopted in the application of the model of empowerment for families with mentally handicapped children to evaluate its effectiveness in practice. The data were analysed and synthesised from the semi-structured interviews and assessment guides. The results are discussed according to the phases of the model, namely creation of awareness of needs; formulation of plan; mobilisation of resources; monitoring and evaluation, and self-efficacy. The evaluation proved that the family achieved the objectives as formulated and attained self-efficacy.