ERIC Number: ED419356
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
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The Culturally Unique Management Strategies of Families of Young Children with Special Needs in Puerto Rico.
Rivera-Bermudez, Carmen D.
This report discusses the findings of a study that examined the views of 15 Puerto Rican families of young children with special needs. Information about the beliefs, attitudes, and personal experiences held by these families was collected using an informal, open-ended interview format. Redefinition was a form of internal appraisal focused management used by the families to help them deal with their situation. Resignation was the most frequently mentioned type of redefinition used by the parents of children with severe disabilities. Reframing was also used by some parents by comparing their children to other children with more severe difficulties or attempts to focus on similarities to other more typical children. Religion provided possibilities for redefining the disability in a more positive manner. In addition to internal resources used for coping, there also were some coping mechanisms related to external sources, including relying on family support and parent support groups. Findings relating to the economic management of the disability are discussed, including the need for mothers to stay at home to care for their children with a disability. Fathers were less active in the child-rearing process of their children with a disability. Recommendations for considerations when planning interventions are provided. (Contains 10 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Puerto Rico