ERIC Number: ED285360
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Multicultural Considerations: Working with Families of Developmentally Disabled and High-Risk Children. The Black Perspective.
The paper examines culturally specific values among low socioeconomic blacks which influence their response to a disabled or high risk child within the family. First is the extended family and the dependence on family rather than on social agencies for assistance in child care and support. The second cultural characteristic, the overall openness of blacks in expressing their feelings, especially to family members, may account for limited use by blacks of counseling services and support groups. A third factor, the general attitude toward and expectations for children, causes difficulties because blacks stress a highly personal style for their children rather than one emphasizing exploration of objects and the physical environment, as most intervention programs stress. Finally, the support that religion provides for many blacks in their day-to-day problems helps families cope with a handicapped member. The paper concludes with several examples in which culturally specific values can make communication between families and service providers difficult, and four books on the subject of conflicting cultural styles are recommended. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; 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 a related document, see EC 200 296.