Title

Acceptance of Disability and the Mexican AmericanCulture

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin

Volume

34

Publication Date

1991

First Page

356

Last Page

367

Abstract

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.

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