Author: Rabia Arshad
Supervisor: Ms. Afsheen Masood
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
The present study was designed to investigate the family functioning of the families having children with cerebral palsy. It was hypothesized that there would be difference in the family functioning of families having children with cerebral palsy and families having normal children. The case-control research design was used. The sample of the study was accessed from the special needs institutions (N = 50). The measure used in the current research was the Family Adaptability and Cohesion Evaluation Scale (FACES IV) by Olson, (2011). The measure used in the study was based on the theory of family functioning by Olson (2011). Independent sample t-test was administered to find out the differences between the two groups i.e. family functioning of the parents having children with cerebral palsy and the families having normal cohorts. The findings from the current research reveal that there are significant differences in the family functioning of families having children with cerebral palsy when compared with the families having normal children. The family cohesion, flexibility, communication and satisfaction are better accounted for better family functioning. The enlightening findings from the current research carry strong for the researchers, psychologists and for psychiatrist.
Keywords: cerebral palsy, family functioning, family cohesion, communication.
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