Receiving or believing in family support? Contributors to the life quality of Latino and non-Latino families of children with intellectual disability
Article first published online: 16 JAN 2013
© 2013 The Authors. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research © 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd, MENCAP & IASSIDD
Journal of Intellectual Disability Research
Volume 58, Issue 4, pages 333–345, April 2014
How to Cite
Cohen, S. R., Holloway, S. D., Domínguez-Pareto, I. and Kuppermann, M. (2014), Receiving or believing in family support? Contributors to the life quality of Latino and non-Latino families of children with intellectual disability. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 58: 333–345. doi: 10.1111/jir.12016
- Issue published online: 5 FEB 2014
- Article first published online: 16 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 18 DEC 2012
- cultural beliefs;
- family quality of life;
- intellectual disability;
Previous studies have identified the role of family support in mitigating the stress of parents caring for a child with intellectual disability. Less is known about families whose members are willing but unable to support each other because of geographical, structural and economic barriers. Our study examined the contribution to family quality of life (FQL) of family support beliefs, actual assistance from family members, as well as the moderating effects of ethnicity and household income.
We conducted telephone interviews with 84 Latino and 61 non-Latino mothers.
Mothers who received more emotional support from partners and other family members reported a higher FQL, controlling for family characteristics. Familism beliefs were also associated with FQL, particularly for Latino mothers. Income was not a significant moderator.
These findings suggest that some predictors of FQL are partially moderated by ethnicity, while others may be powerful across diverse communities.