Understanding Parents Voices in Mainland China – A Sequential Mixed Methods Study

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Yue Wu


disability, regional differences, cultural diferences, socio-economic differences, perception


A survey study was conducted to collect demographic information from two rehabilitation centers in two regions that are distinctively different culturally and socio-economically. As a large country, China’s resource distribution and economic development differs between different regions. This survey study describes the differences of family backgrounds between the two identified regions; and explores the impact of regional, cultural, and socio-economic differences on accessibility and people’s perception of rehabilitation medicine. A total of 104 participants from the two identified regions completed the online survey. Results indicate that compared to the east region, the west region remained a more traditional family structure and had less accessibility to rehabilitation medicine. Interesting findings emerged regarding participants’ perceptions of rehabilitation medicine. More research is needed to better understand the experiences of having a child with disability and how the regional, cultural, and socio-economic differences impact people’s perception of rehabilitation medicine.

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