ERIC Number: EJ791991
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Asian American Parents' Attributions of Children with Down Syndrome: Connections with Child Characteristics and Culture
Ly, Tran M.
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, v46 n2 p129-140 Apr 2008
This study explores cultural differences between European American (n = 26) and Asian American (n = 17) parents' attributional ratings of children with Down syndrome. Links were examined among parents' attributions, reactions, and behaviors regarding their child's jigsaw-puzzle performance. Although the children's puzzle abilities did not differ, compared with European American parents, Asian American parents judged their child as less successful and had lower expectations for future success. Asian American parents also attributed the child's performance to lower ability and lower effort. Affectively, they indicated less sympathy and more anger and blame toward the child. Despite striking ethnic differences, parents in both groups judged their older children as more successful and reported offering them less encouragement and help. Implications of these findings are discussed.
Descriptors: Down Syndrome, Racial Differences, Cultural Differences, Asian American Students, Asian Americans, White Students, Whites, Attribution Theory, Parent Attitudes, Responses, Puzzles, Expectation, Emotional Response, Psychological Patterns, Age Differences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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