ERIC Number: ED285358
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Multicultural Considerations: Working with Families of Developmentally Disabled and High Risk Children. The Hispanic Perspective.
Smith, Rocio DeMateo
The paper first points out how important it is for professionals who work with families and infants with developmental problems to be aware of ethnic and cultural differences, and then goes on to discuss some values typically held by Hispanic Americans. Professionals should understand the family's immigration history and status in order to know their needs and their approach to services. Family roles, including the dichotomous role of the mother and the dependence on other family or extended family members, have implications for services. The importance of manners and deference to others should be grasped so that professionals do not misconstrue attitudes of family members. Socioeconomic status and religious beliefs and superstitions affect the acceptance of handicaps within the family. The paper concludes with a caution against allowing oneself to be misled by one's own prejudices and attitudes into misinterpreting behaviors by people from other cultures. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the conference of the National Center for Clinical Infant Programs, "Vulnerable Infants, Stressed Families: Challenges for Research and Practice" (Los Angeles, CA, February 20-22, 1987). For related documents, see EC 200 297-298.