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ERIC Number: ED476205
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Mar
Pages: 8
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A Comparative Study of the Needs and Sources of Support of African American and White Urban and Rural Caregivers of Young Children with Special Needs.
Darling, Sharon M.
Federal legislation mandates that states participating in early intervention provide services to children with disabilities from birth to their third birthday. The early intervention population is a diverse group, with African Americans comprising the second largest group served. African Americans may have differences in child rearing practices that could affect the way services should be delivered to these families. Urban and rural caregivers of young children with disabilities may also need different service delivery. Differences based on geographic location, such as availability of resources, access to resources, and familial contact, may impact how services should be delivered. A study compared the self-perceived needs and sources of supports of rural and urban African American and White caregivers of young children with disabilities. Participants were primary female caregivers of young children with special needs currently enrolled in Idaho's early intervention program (over 87 percent of the early intervention population). Results indicated that African American and White caregivers differed significantly on the overall need they reported. Urban and rural caregivers did not differ significantly on overall level of need. African American and White caregivers did not differ significantly on the overall level of support they reported, but urban and rural caregivers did differ significantly on overall level of support. Implications for practice are discussed. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Idaho