Social service and disability in immigrant families: professionals views and strategies

Nicoletta Pavesi, Barbara Segatto

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Immigrant families with a member with disability represent a social group particularly at risk: their vulnerability, in fact, depends on both the disability and the migration experience. The paper presents a research work starting from a scoping study (Arksey & O'Malley, 2005), realized by analysing 94 scientific works collected through Scopus with the aim of highlighting the specific problems which immigrant families with disabilities have to deal with, what to do and the culturally sensitive intervention strategies effectively used by the services. Often, they lack informal support networks, they have social and/or economic disadvantages, they do not know how the educational, social and health institutions work. Therefore, they live in a multi-problem situation that requires health and social services to activate personalized assistance that takes into account cultural difference Results from a quanti-qualitative research study conducted in the context of the Adult Disability Service in Padova will be also presented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-42
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Disability
  • Immigrants
  • disabilità
  • immigranti
  • servizi sociali
  • social services


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