Author: Abdul Fattah
Supervisor: Nazia Bashir
University: Centre for Clinical Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
The present study was designed to investigate the Extent of Information, Stigmatization and Parental Stress in Mothers of Children with Mental Retardation. Within Groups research design was used for this purpose. A total of 50 mothers of children with mental retardation were taken from institution of slow learners as sample for the study. It was hypothesized that there would be relationship in Extent of Information and Parental Stress in Mothers of Children with Mental Retardation. Moreover there would be relationship in Stigmatization and Parental Stress in Mothers of Mental Retardation. Furthermore, Extent of Information and Stigmatization would be the predictor for Parental Stress. Two Self Constructed questionnaires were used i.e. Extent of Information and Stigmatization along with the translated version of Parental Stress Scale was used to find out Parental Stress. The analysis revealed an inverse relationship of Extent of information with Stigmatization and Parental Stress separately while Stigmatization showed positive relationship with Parental Stress. Furthermore the analysis revealed Stigmatization to be the predictor of Parental Stress. Findings of the present study can be used to spread awareness in mothers of children with special needs. Workshops, seminars etc. can be conducted and training sessions of mothers can be initiated in order to help mothers cope better with stigmatization and parental stress, moreover they can be advised to gain as much information about their child’s problem as they can because that is also helpful in decreasing their stress, to cope up with stigmatization and to manage their children.
Keywords: Extent of Information, Stigmatization, Parental Stress, Mental Retardation.
Visit Centre for Clinical Psychology