ERIC Number: EJ828936
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
Serving the Needs of Immigrant Families of Children with Autism
Welterlin, Aurelie; LaRue, Robert H.
Disability & Society, v22 n7 p747-760 Dec 2007
The growing influx of immigrant families into the USA necessitates an understanding of how these families manage mental health disorders. Few studies have documented the ways in which autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are understood across different immigrant groups. This lack of knowledge creates barriers for practitioners who are encountering immigrant families in their practice. The present paper provides a conceptual framework of how cultural values and beliefs shape the way diagnosis, etiology and treatment of ASD is perceived by both immigrant families and western practitioners and how differences in perspectives may create obstacles in treatment planning. A review of the literature describing practical and cultural barriers to mental health access and research among immigrant populations is also presented. Finally, recommendations are offered to practitioners, families and individuals with ASD to aid in increasing understanding and collaboration among these populations when designing and implementing treatment interventions.
Descriptors: Autism, Mental Health, Values, Immigrants, Family Needs, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Barriers, Cultural Influences, Beliefs, Clinical Diagnosis, Etiology, Health Services, Literature Reviews, Access to Health Care, Social Attitudes, Disabilities, Planning, Intervention
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