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Access barriers to services by immigrant mothers of children with autism in Canada

Access barriers to services by immigrant mothers of children with autism in Canada

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Title: Access barriers to services by immigrant mothers of children with autism in Canada
Author: Khanlou, Nazilla
Haque, Nasim
Mustafa, Nida
Vazquez, Luz Maria
Mantini, Anne
Weiss, Jonathan A.
Abstract: Equal access for autism services remains suboptimal for diverse groups. In Canada,little is known about the barriers immigrant mothers face accessing services and support for their children with developmental disabilities. In this qualitative study, 21 immigrant mothers of children with Autism, from a diverse ethno cultural background, were interviewed inToronto, Canada. We apply House’s (1981) four domains of social support to analyze findings.Structural support challenges, such as delays in diagnosis, fragmented and dispersed services were common, followed by instrumental challenges due to loss of social ties and stigma. Lack of expected support from partners, and negative perceptions of services, were identified as emotional and perceptive challenges. Focused attention is required to address inequalities within the context of current access pathways for autism.
Sponsor: This study was funded through Start-up Funding at York University to the first author of the manuscript
Subject: Autism
Canada
Disabilities
Immigrant
Mothers
Social support
Type: Article
Rights: The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11469-017-9732-4
http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11469-017-9732-4
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.5/ca/
Published: Springer
Citation: Khanlo, N., Haque, N., Mustafa, N., Vazquez, L. M., Mantini, A., & Weiss, J. A. (2017). Access barriers to services by immigrant mothers of children with autism in Canada. International Journal of Mental Health Addiction. doi: 10.1007/s11469-017-9732-4.
ISSN: 1557-1882 ; 1557-1874
Date: 2017-01-17

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