Individual and Family Correlates Among Poor, Spanish-Speaking Women of Their Attitudes and Responses to Children and Adults With Disabilities

Johanna Shapiro, PhD, and Ken Tittle

This study explored family altitudes and hypothetical responses of low socioeconomic. Spanish-speaking women toward people with disabilities and specifically toward children with disabling conditions. Results indicated a significant relationship between attitudes toward individuals with disabilities and both individual psychological and general family factors. Maternal attitudes were related to both family cohesion and independence. Perceived stress of a hypothetical disabled child was related to maternal depression. Specific coping strategies endorsed by subjects were related both to respondent psychological and emotional health, and to the family factors of cohesion and conflict.

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