Author: Unaiza Iqbal
Supervisor: Nazia Bashir
University: Centre for Clinical Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
The present study was aimed at studying the relationship among stigmatization, self- compassion and parental stress. It was also aimed at studying stigmatization and self- compassion as the predictors of parental stress. The research was based on within group correlation research design. It was hypothesized that there will likely be a positive relationship between stigmatization and parental stress, negative relationship between stigmatization and self-compassion and a negative relationship between self-compassion and parental stress. It was also hypothesized that stigmatization and self-compassion are likely to act as the predictors of parental stress. The sample comprised of 70 mothers having children with Down Syndrome, was selected by non- probability purposive sampling. The instruments used for the research were Stigmatization Questionnaire (Fatah & Bashir, 2013), Self- Compassion Scale (Neff, 2003) and Parental Stress Scale (Berry & Jones, 1995) along with demographic form. The results of Pearson Moment Correlation indicated that there was a significant positive relationship between stigmatization and parental stress (p< .01). However there was a significant negative relationship (p< .01) between stigmatization and self-compassion. A significant negative relationship (p< .01) was also found between self-compassion and parental stress. The regression analysis showed that stigmatization and self-compassion were significant predictors of parental stress.
Keywords: Stigmatization, Self Compassion, Parental, Down Syndrome.
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