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Multicultural aspects of parent involvement in transition planning.

Author: Geenen,-Sarah; Powers,-Laurie-E; Lopez-Vasquez,-Alfonso
Author Background: Oregon Health Sciences U, Oregon Inst on Disability and Development, Portland, OR, US
Date Win 2001
Type Journal
Journal Title: Exceptional-Children
Volume/Pages Vol 67(2): 265-282
Subject Matter Research, African-American, Hispanic-American, Native-American and European-American, Young Adult, Emotional Adjustment; Parental Role; School-to-Work Transition
Abstract This study surveyed 308 African-American, Hispanic-American, Native-American and European-American parents of 13-22 yr olds with disabilities assess their level of participation in various transition planning activities and how important each activity was to them. In addition, 52 school professionals completed a parallel survey of their perceptions toward parent participation. Analyses indicate that culturally and linguistically diverse parents are active in the transition process and, in some instances, their level of reported participation surpassed that of European-American parents. In contrast, professionals described culturally and linguistically diverse parents as less involved than European-American parents in the majority of transition activities. The results are discussed in terms of how the participation of culturally and linguistically diverse parents can be better supported and the importance of transition planning extending beyond school to include other life domains. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2000 APA, all rights reserved)