THE IMPACT OF RACE UPON COPING AND SOCIAL SUPPORT AMONG AFRICAN AMERICAN AND CAUCASIAN PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
PURPOSE: To assess the impact of race upon coping strategies and to identify support resources available to low-income, urban African American and Caucasian parents of children with developmental disabilities.METHODS: Conducted telephone interviews with 43 parents of children with developmental disabilities who were seen in genetics clinic. RESULTS: Of the 15 coping mechanisms assessed, Caucasians reported significantly greater use of only two, Active coping (p=.0476) and Acceptance (p=.0500). Social support utilization was similar for all, with both groups reporting family support almost daily. Formal supports such as health professionals were utilized less often, despite their availability. CONCLUSIONS: Coping strategies and support resources are not affected by race in this community. Use of formal support resources may be facilitated by genetics professionals.
School:University of Cincinnati
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:developmental disabilities coping social support race genetics
Date of Publication:01/01/2001