Dealing with disability: Challenges in Dutch health care of parents with a non-Western migration background and a child with a developmental disability
SourceDisability and Rehabilitation, (2021)
08 oktober 2021
Article / Letter to editor
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Disability and Rehabilitation
SubjectAnthropology and Development Studies
Purpose: Parents of children with developmental disabilities who have a non-western migration background often experience unique challenges in foreign health care systems. This study aimed to describe these experiences to better understand these challenges and thereby improve health care provision. Method: Twelve parents were interviewed using in-depth, semi-structured interviews. Our data was analysed, and themes were identified using open, selective, and axial coding. Results: Multiple parents in our study had a different perception of what constitutes a "handicap", may regard it as something that is very severe and highly stigmatized and will be less aware of the complex system of care professionals that aim to support them in the care for their child. Additionally, communication with care professionals may be complicated because of language differences and expectations about the division of roles and responsibilities between parents and professionals. This may result in lower involvement in health care. Conclusion: As a result of cultural differences in the meaning, information and interaction about disabilities, non-western migrant parents will have a harder time coping with the diagnosis of their child's disability and will experience more challenges with their involvement in health care.
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