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Providing services to Asian Americans with developmental disabilities and their families: Mainstream service providers' perspective.

Author: Choi,-Keum-Hyeong; Wynne,-Martha-Ellen
Author Background:
Date 12/2000
Type Journal
Journal Title: Community-Mental-Health-Journal
Volume/Pages Vol 36(6): 589-595
Subject Matter Research, Asian American, Family, Developmental-Disabilities; *Health-Care-Delivery; *Health-Care-Utilization; *Health-Personnel-Attitudes
Abstract Investigated the opinions and perceptions of 44 mainstream social service providers regarding barriers to Asian Americans with developmental disabilities and their families receiving appropriate supportive services. The results show that 94 clients (aged 1-38 yrs) were served by the mainstream agencies. Six main barriers were identified: (1) Language and communication difficulties, (2) Lack of knowledge concerning mainstream service delivery system, (3) Perceived cultural differences, (4) Being a minority within a minority in the service delivery system, (5) Individual differences within families and differences among Asian ethnic groups, and (6) Lack of resources to meet needs within the family. Implications of the interrelationships among the identified barriers were discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2000 APA, all rights reserved)