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PERCEPTIONS OF DISABILITY, EXPECTATIONS AND ASPIRATIONS ABOUT THE DISABLED CHILDREN, AND THE PROBLEMS FACED BY THE FAMILY AND SIBLINGS OF MENTALLY RETARDED CHILDREN RESIDING IN KARACHI

Shahzadi, Shagufta (1992) PERCEPTIONS OF DISABILITY, EXPECTATIONS AND ASPIRATIONS ABOUT THE DISABLED CHILDREN, AND THE PROBLEMS FACED BY THE FAMILY AND SIBLINGS OF MENTALLY RETARDED CHILDREN RESIDING IN KARACHI. PhD thesis, University of Karachi, Karachi.

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Abstract

The investigation was designed to study the influences of family attitude toward the education and handling of disabled child as well as perception, aspiration, expectation and problems of parents and siblings of disabled children. The main them of the study revealed that parents and siblings are the main contributor in the life of the handicapped child. Structured interview questionnaires were constructed and pre-testing was made to assess the validity of the instrument. The sample of the study was selected using the purposive sampling method i.e., the children already diagnosed as disabled were approached and the parents and siblings were interviewed. The findings suggest that majority of the children were identified earlier but the provision for schooling was made a little later. Parents, reaction towards disability was that the anger, denial and guilt but most of them passed through the mourning process leading to a state of constructive acceptance. Regarding the treatment of the child, discovered the presence of abnormality in the child. Majority of the parents perceived the child’s disability as pertaining to mental backwardness and delayed development while the siblings enlightened learning disorder, communication disorder and apparent difference form normal children. Regarding future plans for the child, larges number of parents plan ether to provided medical treatment to the child or settle him in residential care centre. The highest number of siblings on the other hand presented with the child revealed that majority of parents and siblings feel that the child can not live independently but will need continuous supervision. Major problems enlightened by the parents and siblings included increase in responsibility, emotional pressures on parents and stigmatization

Item Type:Thesis (PhD)
Uncontrolled Keywords:disability, disabled children, mentally retarded children, karachi, disability in pakistan, family characteristics, family function, family attitude
Subjects:Social Sciences(g) > Education(g6)
ID Code:918
Deposited By:Mr. Muhammad Asif
Deposited On:24 Nov 2006
Last Modified:04 Oct 2007 21:03

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