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Asian carers' experiences of medical and social care: The case of cerebral palsy

Mir, G. and Tovey, P. (2003) Asian carers' experiences of medical and social care: The case of cerebral palsy. The British Journal of Social Work, 33 (4). pp. 465-479. ISSN 1468-263X


This paper discusses the experience of South Asian carers of a person with cerebral palsy. Previous research in this area has failed to explore carers' perceptions of causation or their views on the quality of service support. Qualitative interviews were carried out with twenty carers in two localities in the north of England with the aim of providing in-depth contextualized data on their experiences over time, their attitudes towards cerebral palsy and their interactions with service provision. Results show that parents' views on causation differ markedly from explanations based on a medical, genetic model of cause. Parental attitudes towards cerebral palsy are shown to be influenced both by interactions with service professionals and by parents' ability to manage their situation. The absence of adequate material and emotional resources may foster a negative construction of disability by parents that, in turn, has detrimental effects on the individual with cerebral palsy. Parents' religious beliefs can act as a source of emotional support that helps them develop a constructive perspective on disability and deal with future uncertainty. We conclude that developments in service provision need to build on the perspectives of South Asian individuals and communities to respond effectively to their needs.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Medicine and Health (Leeds) > School of Healthcare (Leeds) > Leeds Institute of Health & Social Work
Depositing User: Sherpa Assistant
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2010 15:28
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2014 04:07
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/33.4.465
Status: Published
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Identification Number: 10.1093/bjsw/33.4.465
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/10723

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