Cognitive Appraisal and Psychological Well-Being in Mothers of Thalassemic Children

Author: Ayesha Adeel

Supervisor: Ms. Maha Khalid

Degree: MSc

Year: 2009-2013

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The present research aimed to investigate the cognitive appraisal and psychological well-being in mothers of thalassemic children. It was hypothesized that there is likely to be significant relationship between psychological well-being and cognitive appraisal in mothers of thalassemic children and psychological well-being is likely to predict cognitive appraisal in mothers of thalassemic children. Correlation research design was used. Sixty (N = 60) mothers of thalassemic  children, selected through purposive sampling from Sundus Organization, Lahore, participated in the study. Ryff’s Psychological Well-Being Scale and Stress Appraisal Measure were used to collect participant’s responses. Pearson Product-Moment Correlation and regression analysis were used to test the hypotheses. Results indicated that there was a significant relationship between stressfulness and personal growth in mothers of children with thalassemia major. Outcomes of the present study also suggest that personal growth was a significant predictor of the cognitive appraisal in mothers of thalassemic children. It was concluded that cognitive appraisal was related to psychological well-being, and psychological well-being do predict cognitive appraisal.

Keywords: Psychological Well-Being, Cognitive Appraisal, Thalassemia.

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