Acceptance of Disability and the Mexican AmericanCulture
Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin
Emphasizes the important role of culture in the rehabilitation process and the need to be sensitive to cultural differences. 47 studies and articles are reviewed, and 5 factors that influence the acceptance of disability in Mexican American culture are identified. These factors are (1) a familial, cohesive, protective society; (2) a stoic attitude toward life in general; (3) well defined gender roles; (4) religious views; and (5) reliance on physical labor. Each of these factors is briefly discussed as well as implications for rehabilitation practice.
Smart, J. F., & Smart, D. W. (1991). Acceptance of disability and the Mexican American culture. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 34, 356-367.