Supporting refugee Somali Bantu mothers with children with disabilities

Jean E Beatson
Pediatric Nursing 2013, 39 (3): 142-5
This study sought to understand how local Somali Bantu refugee mothers perceive education or health needs of their children with disabilities. Using a grounded theory qualitative design, the investigator interviewed five Somali Bantu mothers and one father in their homes. Four predominant categories emerged from the data: Native Healing, Unmet Needs, Ongoing Challenges, and Helpful Helping. Study findings demonstrate the need for nurses and other health care providers to understand the refugee experience in raising children with special needs in Vermont. Better communication between providers and families on critical topics, such as etiology and treatment of disabilities, negotiating systems of care, and managing health and safety issues at home, is needed. The small number of participants with limited interaction is the greatest limitation of this study.

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