Author: Zehra Mohsin
Supervisor: Adeela Khalid
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
The aim of the present study was to study relationship between adjustment problems and psychological distress of students with visual impairments. It was hypothesized that (a) there would be a relationship between adjustment issues and psychological distress in visually impaired students, (b) gender, family support and education were likely to predict less academic adjustment, (c) students with acquired visual impairments would likely to have higher number of adjustment problems and level of psychological distress than visually impaired students by birth and (d) visually impaired females would have higher number of adjustment problems than their counterparts. In this study cross-sectional research design was used. Purposive sampling was done. A sample of 53 visually impaired students (M=22.43, SD=2.57) was selected from four universities of Lahore. For this purpose self-constructed structured interview and Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS-42) (Lovibond & Lovibond, 1995) was administered. The results revealed that visually impaired students had academic adjustment problems and faced different levels of depression, anxiety and stress due to their condition. It was also seen that students who had acquired visual impairments had higher level of adjustment problems and psychological distress as compared to students who were visually impaired by birth. Moreover, visually impaired females had higher number of adjustment problems than their counterparts, whereas, males had higher level of depression, anxiety and stress as compared to visually impaired females.
Keywords: Adjustment Problems, Psychological Distress, Visual Impairments.
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