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ERIC Number: EJ835590
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1360-2322
Maternal Perceptions of Care-Giving of Children with Developmental Disabilities in the United Arab Emirates
Crabtree, Sara Ashencaen
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v20 n3 p247-255 May 2007
Background: This qualitative study discusses family care-giving of children with developmental disabilities in the United Arab Emirates. Findings were reviewed in terms of the influence of culture on gender norms governing parental behaviour and aspirations. Method: An ethnographic approach is used in which parent participants were interviewed intensively. The data were then analysed commensurate with ethnographic methodology in which parental care was considered in terms of gender differentials, in addition to other factors. Results: Although mothers carried the main burden of support, this is ameliorated by cultural interpretations of the role of motherhood as well as practical coping strategies. Discrimination towards disability as well as gender is evident although countered by maternal strategies of resistance. Conclusions: These indicate that daughters with disabilities are subject to oppressive attitudes and commensurate behaviour within the family setting, as well as in the wider society. However, such measures may in turn be challenged by mothers who demonstrate parental coping strategies that are both influenced by as well as subversive of cultural norms.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Arab Emirates