Project: Research project

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The majority of retarded persons live with or under the supervision of
their families for most of their lives. Despite a rapid growth in
racial/ethnic minorities in the past decade, little attention has been
paid to the impact of ethnic factors on the role of family caregiving for
retarded persons. Prior research on Hispanics has been concerned with the
effects of acculturation on a broad range of variables that include
psychiatric and psychosocial adjustment as well as family organization,
composition and functioning (Szapocznik & Herrera, 1978; Szapocznik &
Kurtines, 1980). Given the central role that acculturation has played in
research on adjustment of Hispanic families, the present study focuses on
the impact of this variable on the families of adult mentally retarded
Hispanics. It is likely that a significant number of Hispanics with a developmentally
disabled member are not utilizing the service system because of problems
with access that are due to the lack of cultural competence in the service
delivery system. For these reasons, in the current study, considerable
resources are dedicated to recruiting Hispanic subjects that may be
outside of the formal service delivery system. The primary objective of this study is to investigate the moderating
impact of acculturation on caregiver outcome and on the level of
behavioral problems of the mentally retarded adult. A second, but closely
related objective is to explore the cascading mechanisms by which
acculturation influences changes in family functioning which in turn
affect the ultimate outcomes. A third objective is to extend prior
research on caregivers of mentally retarded adults to include their adult
sibling caregivers. This study will extend our prior work on
acculturation, its impact, and its mechanisms of action to a population of
Hispanic families with a mentally retarded adult family member.
Effective start/end date5/16/944/30/00


  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Institutes of Health: $206,995.00
  • National Institutes of Health: $193,927.00
  • National Institutes of Health


  • Medicine(all)


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