ERIC Number: ED345470
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-May
A Cross-Cultural Counseling Framework for Asian Parents of Children with Special Needs Based on the Dynamics of the Filipino Family.
Yalung, Florence N.
This research project proposes a counseling framework for Asian parents of children with special needs, based on the dynamics of the Filipino family. As Filipinos are the biggest ethnic minority group in California and the second largest Asian group in Santa Clara County, the Filipino group was selected to represent all Asian groups. The project sought answers to questions in the following areas: specific cultural values affecting counseling interventions with Filipino parents of children in special education; attitudes and values toward disabilities, education, and child-rearing practices; counseling framework for Filipino parents with children in special education; and counseling intervention and approaches successfully implemented with other Asians. Results indicated the following: (1) cultural values affecting the counseling of Filipinos are the value of children, self-pride, shame, familism, fatalism, smooth interpersonal relationship, and value of education; (2) Filipinos and Asians regard the family as their supreme value, child-rearing practices center on filial piety, education is highly valued, and disability provokes either favorable or unfavorable reactions from Filipinos and other Asians; (3) successful interventions commonly used with Asians are establishing trust and credibility, and directive and family dynamics counseling. The proposed counseling framework, which has undergone only the analysis and design phases of development, relates three major concerns: stages of parental reaction upon learning that their child has a disability, the Filipino values affected and involved during each stage of parental reactions, and the counseling interventions that can be utilized at each stage. An appendix offers more details about the project, especially the counseling interventions suggested. (60 references) (JDD)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Thesis; San Jose State University.