A Cross-Case Analysis of Migrant Chuukese Families in Hawai‘i and Their Children with Special Needs.

dc.contributor.author Peter, Joakim M.
dc.contributor.department Education
dc.date.accessioned 2019-05-28T19:51:50Z
dc.date.available 2019-05-28T19:51:50Z
dc.date.issued 2017-12
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/62354
dc.subject Chuuk
dc.subject special education
dc.subject children with disabilities
dc.title A Cross-Case Analysis of Migrant Chuukese Families in Hawai‘i and Their Children with Special Needs.
dc.type Thesis
dcterms.abstract Citizens of the Compact of Free Association (COFA) nations of Micronesia are the newest ethnic migrant group in Hawai‘i. This relationship is born out of the long history of the geopolitical relationship between the COFA nations (the Republic of Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands) and the United States. Currently, COFA citizens have open access to the country but their unique immigration status as unqualified migrants limits their ability to access social safety net support programs. Using a combination of Family System Theory, Family Resilience Theory, and Family Quality of Life Theory, this study also utilizes indigenous Chuukese concepts of travel to investigate the background, experience, and cultural-charged perceptions of social services by three Chuukese families of children with special needs in Hawai‘i. Data were collected and analyzed from individual semi-structured interviews and focus group discussions, primary and secondary documents, and prolonged observations. The study conclusions showed that these families maintain a strong connection with their networks of support. Despite facing challenging barriers in Hawai‘i, these families were resilient and reciprocate by helping others and giving back to their networks and communities. Their children’s disabilities were not seen as signs of weakness and diminished dreams. These families thrive because of such challenges, not in spite of them.
dcterms.description Ph.D. Thesis. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 2017.
dcterms.language eng
dcterms.publisher University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
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