ERIC Number: EJ723075
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Reference Count: 6
Quality of Life from the Point of View of Latin American Families: A Participative Research Study
Aznar, A. S.; Castanon, D. G.
Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, v49 n10 p784-788 Oct 2005
Background: To date, little research has focused on what factors constitute a quality of life (QOL) among Latin American families with a member who is intellectually disabled. Method: Total 180 Latin American families cooperated in a participative research project. During 18 months, the families and a team exchanged information about their QOL by means of questionnaires and grids that the families analysed and completed at their homes. Results: In Latin America, families attribute utmost importance to interpersonal relations and emotional well-being. In addition, results identified a number of QOL domains and indicators reflective of family-centred QOL among Latin American families. A tool with 42 indicators grouped in six areas was obtained. Conclusions: Quality of life is a concept that has meaning and structure which varies considerably from culture to culture. A topologic QOL model is presented to facilitate the cross-cultural understanding of the QOL construct.
Descriptors: Latin Americans, Quality of Life, Social Science Research, Family Relationship, Cross Cultural Studies, Mental Retardation, Attitude Measures, Well Being, Coping, Cultural Differences, Cultural Influences
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