This study utilizes an explanatory sequential mixed method to understand help-seeking behavior for learning-disabled children in Barbados. I utilized the Cornally and McCarthy (2011) model to understand help-seeking among Barbadian parents. In the quantitative research phase, I surveyed parents to understand the defining attributes of the help-seeking model: parents’ awareness of children’s learning difficulties, intention to seek help, and willingness to disclose. Qualitative research captured parents’ lived experiences, including understanding of antecedents and consequences. The results include 10 major themes that impact help-seeking in Barbados.
1. Lack of understanding . . .
2. No resources . . .
3. Family systems . . .
4. Culture of judgment, regardless of class . . .
5. Shame . . .
6. Class counts…
7. Education matters . . .
8. Children treated like the mentally ill . . .
9. Adolescent dangers . . .
10. Determination to get services . . .
|School:||Institute for Clinical Social Work (Chicago)|
|Department:||Clinical Social Work|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/2(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Early childhood education|
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