This cross-sectional study informed by the Lazarus and Folkman (1984) model of stress and coping and Triandis’ (1995) theory of individualism/collectivism, aimed at exploring the ways of coping of 31 Anglo- and Greek-Australian parents with a child with a disability using a mixed methods research design. Independent sample t-test analyses revealed cultural differences in the way of coping between the fathers in the sample. Greek-Australian fathers selected more wishful thinking and avoidance strategies where as Anglo-Australian fathers selected more problem focused coping. No differences in ways of coping between Anglo-and Greek-Australian mothers were found. Deductive content analyses revealed culturalised differences in terms of interdependent and independent self construals. Greek-Australian parents differed from their Anglo-Australian counterparts in reference to family role and responsibility, as well as perception of stigma. Anglo-Australian parents differed from their Greek-Australian counterparts in relation to work, social networks and marital relationship. Overall the study highlights the presence of culture specific (emic) responses that need to be considered in research dealing with parents of children with a disability from diverse cultural contexts.
|Keywords:||Culture, Coping, Child Disability, Mothers, Fathers|
Teaching Associate/PHD Candidate, Education, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia