ERIC Number: ED204876
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Puerto Rican Families with and Without Handicapped Children.
Figler, Clare Spector
A study utilized a family systems approach, in which two groups of mainland based Puerto Rican families were interviewed, to compare Puerto Rican families whose children have identified handicaps (N=14) and Puerto Rican families whose children do not have handicaps (N=14). Investigated were the quality and quantity of stresses which impinge upon the families; the quality and quantity of coping strategies which are utilized to deal with the stresses; and the similarities and differences which exist relative to the stresses, the coping strategies, and the type of family (handicapped or nonhandicapped). Among conclusions were that the immediate and extended family relationships among most of the families were found to be generally strong and caring; members of the handicapped group were more disillusioned with marriage, childrearing, and parenting roles; and the employment status of the adults in the families was a crucial factor affecting the families' functioning. Considered are the implications for practice, policy, and special education. Tables are provided which present information on the generalized and composite features of Puerto Rican life (predominant values, social roles, and societal features); the Puerto Rican in the mainland (education, housing, economics); and aspects of Puerto Rican return migration. (SB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at The Council for Exceptional Children Conference on The Exceptional Bilingual Child (New Orleans, LA, February, 1981, Session Th-31).