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ERIC Number: EJ1119418
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1034-912X
Becoming a Parent of a Child with Special Needs: Perspectives from Korean Mothers Living in the United States
Lee, Yoon-Joo; Park, Hye Jun
International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, v63 n6 p593-607 2016
The current study aimed to explore how cultural contexts influence the attitudes of mothers raising children with disabilities. Semi-structured in-depth interviews of seven immigrant Korean mothers regarding their personal experiences within the complexities of the special education system in the United States were analysed to identify factors that help mothers to thrive in the face of numerous challenges they encountered when working with professionals from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Narratives revealed that support groups, parent-professional relationships and cultural norms served as motivational factors that encouraged mothers to take initiative in proactively seeking ways to meet the needs of their children. Findings highlight the importance of a professional's genuine attitude and open-mindedness when approaching culturally and linguistically diverse families.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)
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