Coping Styles among Parents of Physically Handicapped Children in Special School, Karachi, Pakistan

Uzma I, Shamaila K

Abstract


Objective: In order to access the impact of a handicapped child in the family, the study was designed to examine and compare the level of stress and coping strategies among parents of physically challenged and normal children. Method: 60 parents (either father or mother) of school going children (30 in each group, namely parents of physically challenged and normal children) were taken for the study. Wong stress appraisal and peacock measure was used to examine their level of stress whereas Folkman and Lazarus ways of coping questionnaire was used to assess coping strategies adopted by the two groups of parents. Results: Results showed that the level of stress among parents of physically challenged children was much higher and significantly differed with their normal counterparts. The two groups also differed significantly in terms of their coping strategies where parents of normal children were much better than the parents of physically challenged group. There were differences between the scores of parents of physically challenged children and that of normal children as the mean scores for the two groups of parents were found to be 93.4 and 149.3 respectively. Conclusion: The findings clearly indicated that the stress coping strategies of parents of normal children were certainly better than the parents of physically challenged children.

Keywords


Stress, Coping Strategies, Physical Handicapped

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