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ERIC Number: EJ885843
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0342-5282
Needs of Indian Parents Having Children with Intellectual Disability
Verma, Rajesh K.; Kishore, M. Thomas
International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, v32 n1 p71-76 Mar 2009
Disability in children gives rise to various needs in parents, which may vary according to the nature of disability and parental characteristics. Cross-cultural findings will help in understanding the process of meeting those needs, which ultimately help in designing appropriate interventions. The main objectives of the study were to compare the perceived needs of fathers and mothers having a child with intellectual disability, and to understand their cumulative needs with reference to the age, sex, and severity of functional disability of the child. Thirty couples, each having a child with intellectual disability, were assessed with the NIMH Family Needs Schedule. The needs expressed by fathers and mothers differed significantly. Needs of the parents varied according to the age and sex of the child. Severity of intellectual disability had less impact on the nature of parental needs. The needs of mothers and fathers can be different. Some needs of the parents may subside as their intellectually disabled child grows, but they are duly replaced by others. Needs of the parents grossly vary according to the sex but not the severity of intellectual disability of the child. Wherever applicable, family intervention should focus on the needs of the mothers and fathers separately with due consideration to the sex and age of the child.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: India