The Cultural Impact on the Family Dynamics of parents who have a child with a disability

Florian, Victor
March 1989
Journal of Comparative Family Studies;Spring89, Vol. 20 Issue 1, p97
Academic Journal
The present study investigated the differential impact of cultural affiliation on the family dynamics pattern among parents with and parents without a child with a physical disability. 76 Israeli-Arab married couples and 76 Israeli-Jewish married couples equally matched into two subgroups of parents with and parents without a child with a disability, completed Olson, Porter and Bell's (1982) Family Adaptability and Cohesion Evaluation Scale (FACES II) in their own home. The results indicated that while no significant differences were found between the Israeli-Jewish subgroups on both cohesion and adaptability dimensions, Israeli-Arab parents of a child with a disability scored significantly lower on both the cohesion and adaptability dimensions when compared to their respective Arab control subgroup. Interpretations of these findings are presented, based on societal and familial characteristics found within each of the two cultures studied.


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