A study of approaches within research on problems of access to services for children and adolescents with functional, cognitive and developmental disabilities from a multicultural perspective
Author: Cuadra, Carin Björngren
Source: Diversity and Equality in Health and Care, Volume 9, Number 2, August 2012 , pp. 125-140(16)
Publisher: Radcliffe Publishing Ltd.
Abstract:This study describes how research approaches the problems of access to services for children and adolescents. The aim is to identify approaches to 'the multicultural question' in relation to access to service, geographical origin, disciplines and methods. Two main approaches were identified in the review, namely culturally based and rights-based approaches, both equally preoccupied with problems such as the disproportionate representation of minorities. The culture-based approach was influenced by a 'strong' notion of culture and was inclined to target problems of access at the counter (service delivery). The rights-based approach was influenced by a notion of culture connected to agency and gave primacy to the gateway (recognition of eligibility). The field could benefit from more attention and possibly from further development of a rights-based approach, which implies a notion of culture that involves a connection to agency, a linking to power, participation and self-representation.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2012-08-01