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ERIC Number: EJ786264
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-1034-912X
The Perceptions and Experiences of Taiwanese Parents Who Have Children with an Intellectual Disability
Chang, Mei-Ying; McConkey, Roy
International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, v55 n1 p27-41 Mar 2008
Most research into family care-giving has been undertaken in western, English-speaking societies with little cognisance taken of possible differences across cultures. Home-based interviews were conducted with 117 mothers and fathers in Taipei City, Taiwan and five main themes were identified using content analysis. Three themes expressed the impact of the child on family functioning, parental health, and levels of stress and two themes described parents' coping strategies and sources of support. Although these themes broadly replicate findings from other cultures, certain features of Taiwanese-Chinese society appear to accentuate the impact on mothers especially of having a child with an intellectual disability. The implications for the provision of family-centred services are discussed, especially in helping parents to recognise their strengths and coping capabilities, and to promote their influence in changing cultural attitudes. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Taiwan (Taipei)