Attitudes of Parents towards Children with Specific Learning Disabilities

Dr. Chandramuki, Indiramma Venkatakrishnashastry, Mysore Narasimha Vranda

Abstract


Purpose: This study explored parental attitudes towards children with specific learning disabilities.

Method: The study sample comprised parents of 60 children (30 boys and30 girls) with Specific Learning Disability (SLD) who attend the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Out-Patient Department at National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, India. The attitudes of parents were assessed using the Parental Attitude Scale.

Results: The results revealed significant differences related to gender of the children on various domains of the scale.

Conclusion: The study highlights the need to educate parents to lower their expectations for children with specific learning disabilities, and to strengthen the social support network of these children’s families.

doi 10.5463/DCID.v23i1.47


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Parental attitudes; Learning disability; Stigma

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