Perception of Societal Attitude and Moods of the Parents of Children with Special Needs

Author: Nimra Bhatti 

Supervisor:Dr. Naumana Amjad

Degree: M.Phil

Year:2009 -2011

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

Abstract

This study was conducted to explore the perception of societal attitude by the parents of special children and relationship of their perception with their moods It was hypothesized that there is relationship between societal attitude with parent’s moods either positive or negative. Sample included 35 parents 10 fathers and 25 mothers from different schools of special children. Interview method was used to explore the perception of societal attitude by the parents of children with special needs Open ended questions were asked to participants. Positive and negative affect (PANAS) scale was used to explore the parents moods It was consisted of 20 and rating was on Five point Likert scale To analyze difference between positive and negative moods of parents paired sample t test was used Content analysis was used to analyze societal perception by parents The results showed that parents perception about societal attitude negative which affect their moods negatively The result also showed that parent’s education level do not influence their moods but there was the limitation of study that sample was short not equal on all demographic variables which make difference in results.

Keywords: perception of societal attitude, mood of parents, children with special needs

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Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245

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