Phenomenological Experience of Mothers of Mentally Retarded Children

Author: Alina Yousaf Dar

Supervisor: Dr. Naumana Amjad

Degree: Msc

Year: (2010-2011)

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


The purpose of study is to explore the phenomenological experience of mothers of mentally retarded children. This study attempted to answer that what are the experiences of participants. Being mothers of mentally retarded children, and being a phenomenological study it measures how they experience, what they are experiencing and what they share in common. Sample includes six mothers of mentally retarded children. Open ended questions were asked to the participants in interviews and interpretive Phenomenological analysis (IPA) was applied. The analysis showed that how mothers experience different positive and negative psychological states and how their personal and marital lives are affected and how almost all of them share same concerns and hopes towards their child future. This gives a glimpse into the subjective experience of mothers may suggest strategies for others feeling those psychological problems.

Keywords: subjective experience, mothers of mentally retarded children, concerns, hopes.

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