Document Type

Article

Department

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Pakistan

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess how families perceive the positive and negative impacts of caring for a child with mental retardation.

METHODS:

The quantitative descriptive study was conducted from January to August 2007 and comprised 54 families attending a private day-care centre for children with special needs in Karachi, Pakistan. The Kansas Inventory of Parental Perceptions was used to assess mothers' perceptions on the impact of caring for a child with mental retardation. Positive contributions, social comparisons with others, understanding of disability and perception of control were assessed. SPSS 16 was used for statistical analysis.

RESULTS:

Mothers reported positive contribution to family life as a result of caring for a child with mental retardation (Mean: 2.95 +/- 0.37). There was an acceptance of the situation and a trend towards upward favourable comparison with other families (Mean: 3.13 +/- 0.07).

CONCLUSIONS:

Contrary to earlier studies exploring the impact of caring for a child with disabilities having largely focused on negative contributions, the study highlights some positive contributions.

Publication

JPMA. The Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association

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