ERIC Number: ED444310
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Sep-30
Puerto Rican Families Who Have Children with Disabilities: A Comparison between Families Living in Puerto Rico and Families Living in Florida. Final Performance Report.
Reyes-Blanes, Maria E.
This report discusses the outcomes of a study that compared family needs and sources of support perceived by 55 Puerto Rican mothers of young children (ages birth to 5 years) with disabilities residing in Puerto Rico and 39 of their Puerto Rican counterparts living in Florida. The relationship among perceived family needs, sources of support, and mother and child characteristics was also explored. The ABILITIES Index, the Family Needs Survey (FNS), and the Family Support Scale (FSS) were used in the interview process to measure respectively mothers' perceptions of: (1) child's extent of delay; (2) family needs; and (3) sources of support. Multiple regression analyses indicated that family needs did not differ in the two samples. Mothers living in Puerto Rico did, however, perceive significantly more sources of support than mothers living in Florida. Results also indicated that overall single mothers reported more needs than married mothers and reported significantly fewer sources of support than married mothers. (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Florida Univ., Gainesville. Dept. of Special Education.