Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Coping strategies used by Latino parents raising children with developmental delays
by Ortega, Jessica, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 77; 1486432
Abstract (Summary)

Parents who care for their children with developmental delays (DD) face an enormous amount of stress and they struggle to cope with the situation. This is related to the psychological and social challenges that parents face while caring for their developmentally delayed children's needs. While literature exists regarding service delivery needs of developmentally delayed children and families, there is limited literature that addresses the unique needs of Latino families. This study utilized an exploratory qualitative design to explore the specific coping strategies used by Latino parents raising developmentally delayed children. Results from the fifteen interviews with Latino parents revealed that most parents used religion and family as support systems and used little to no self care methods. This study also addressed the need for service professionals to work within the worldview of the families they serve in order to better serve Latino parents.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wilson, Steve
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, Individual & family studies, Hispanic American studies
Publication Number: 1486432
ISBN: 978-1-124-24228-6
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