ERIC Number: ED412697
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Parent Perceptions of Home Visitors: A Comparative Study of Parents Who Are American Indian and Non-Indian Parents.
Bailey, Don; Applequist, Karen
This final report discusses the outcomes of a research project that examined the nature of the relationship between 52 Navajo caregivers' perceptions of the early intervention service system and specific program, provider, and family variables. The project also investigated perceptions of 16 early intervention personnel regarding barriers to, and strategies for, providing early intervention services to eligible families in the Navajo Nation. Results found caregivers had greater satisfaction with early intervention services in programs perceived to be more family centered. Those individuals who were less educated or more traditional generally rated the program as being less family centered. Provider variables such as ethnic matching between the provider and caregiver, and the educational level of the provider, failed to relate strongly to either measure of satisfaction. Ninety-six percent of the caregivers had no preference with regard to the ethnic/racial background of the provider. The acculturation status had a strong and statistically significant positive relationship with satisfaction with family-related aspects of services. Overall, caregivers were quite positive about early intervention services and seemed to be unable to identify anything needing improvement. Service providers identified travel time issues as a significant barrier to providing services. (Contains 40 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill.