ERIC Number: EJ949886
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
An Initial Look at the Quality of Life of Malaysian Families That Include Children with Disabilities
Clark, M.; Brown, R.; Karrapaya, R.
Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, v56 n1 p45-60 Jan 2012
Background: While there is a growing body of literature in the quality of life of families that include children with disabilities, the majority of research has been conducted in western countries. The present study provides an initial exploration of the quality of life of Malaysian families that include children with developmental/intellectual disabilities. Dynamics characterising Malaysian society are described as developments in social policy and service delivery that support persons with disabilities and their families. Method: Questionnaire data were collected using the Family Quality of Life Survey--Short Version. Members of 52 families that included one or two children with disabilities were interviewed. Their responses provided their perceptions within six dimensions of family quality of life across the nine life domains assessed. Results: Findings showed a consistent pattern of relatively strong perceived "importance" ratings in each of life domains as compared to mean ratings for other family quality of life dimensions. Some dimensions of family quality of life, in particular "opportunities", "initiative" and "attainment" demonstrated particularly strong associations with each other. Overall means of satisfaction with and attainment of family quality of life as well as global evaluations of quality of life and satisfaction all demonstrated significant associations, although each of these correlations accounted for less than 50% of the common variance. Conclusions: The importance rating can be viewed as a determining factor in terms of quality of life, and it played a critical role in supporting attainment of, and satisfaction with, family quality of life, assuming opportunities, initiative and stability are adequate. The need for a broader sample including families that were not receiving services was noted. Future research questions based on the results of the current study and some of the dynamics impacting Malaysian society are also suggested.
Descriptors: Family Characteristics, Mental Retardation, Quality of Life, Life Satisfaction, Foreign Countries, Children, Developmental Disabilities, Public Policy, Delivery Systems, Questionnaires, Family Relationship, Interviews
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Identifiers - Location: Malaysia