Author: Hafiza Rabbia Mehmood
Supervisor: Saira Batool & Rukhsana Kausar, PhD
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
The purpose of this research was to explore the relationship between parental and peer acceptance-rejection, social interaction anxiety and mental well-being of children with physical disability. It was hypothesized that a) parental acceptance will be negatively related with social interaction anxiety and positively related to mental well-being; b) parental and peer rejection will be positively related with social interaction anxiety while negatively related with mental well-being; c) social interaction anxiety will be negatively correlated with mental well- being; d) parental and peer acceptance-rejection would be the predictors of social interaction anxiety and e) parental and peer acceptance- rejection, social interaction anxiety are likely to predict mental well- being of children with physical disability. A sample of 59 children (36 boys and 23 girls) with physical disability was obtained from the Institutes of Physical Disabled Lahore. Age range of children was 10-17 years (M = 13.58, SD = 3.09). Parental Acceptance-Rejection Questionnaire (PARQ) Child: Short Version (Rohner, 1980), Ostracism Experience Scale (Gilman, 2012), Social Interaction Anxiety Scale (Mattick & Clarke, 1989) and Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-Being Scale (Stewart-Brown, 2006) were used. The findings revealed a significant relationship between parental and peer acceptance rejection, social interaction anxiety and mental well-being. Moreover, Peer exclusion, Father aggression/hostility, Family system and Gender emerged as significant predictors of Social Interaction Anxiety and social interaction anxiety and mother neglect/indifference significantly predicted mental well-being. This study can be beneficial for teachers, educationist, parents and family of children with physical disability.
Keywords: : Parental and Peer Acceptance-Rejection, Social Interaction Anxiety, Physical Disability.
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