Vol. 2, Issue 3 (2017)
Psychological distress among parents of differently-abled children: A study of Kashmir valley
Author(s): Muzafar Hussain Kawa
Abstract: The present study was an attempt to assess the levels of psychological distress of parents of differently-abled children. Moroever, the difference in psychological distress with respect to residence, gender, educational qualification and child’s level of retardation was also examined. The data for the present study was obtained from parents of differently-abled Children [N=200 (Fathers 90 & Mothers 110)] belonging to various districts of Kashmir valley. Psychological Distress was assessed by using Kessler psychological distress scale- K10 (Kessler, 1996) and a demographic data sheet. The data collected was analyzed by using appropriate statistical techniques like frequencies, percentages, Analysis of Variance and t-test. The results showed no significant difference among parents of differently-abled children with respect to their residence. However, a significant difference was found them on the basis of gender. Mothers of the differently-abled children experienced more distress than the fathers. Illiterate parents were also found high on psychological distress than literate ones. Moreover, Parents of differently-abled children with child’s severe level of retardation were found high on psychological distress as compared to parents of children with mild and moderate levels of retardation.