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Resilience and Coping by Parents of Children with Intellectual Disability in Kerala, South India

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Anugraha Merin Rajan ,

Central University of Punjab, IN
About Anugraha Merin
Anugraha is currently working as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, Central University of Punjab, Bathinda, India. Her research interests include caregiving in the context of disability/illness; families of children with disability; resilience and post-traumatic growth
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John Romate

Central University of Karnataka, IN
About John
John Romate is a Professor in the Department of Psychology, Central University of Karnataka. He is specialized in the areas of ICTC counseling, Mentoring, Egan's Skilled Helper Counselling Model, and the Carkhuff Model of counseling and has been practicing and teaching for the last twenty-five years.
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Abstract

Purpose: This study examined the relationship between the resilience and coping mechanisms of the parents of children with intellectual disability.

Method: Study participants were recruited from special schools and neighbourhood groups of parents of children with special needs in Kerala, a southern state of India. Around 121 parents completed the Connor-Davidson Resilience Scale and Coping Strategies Screen. The correlational analysis revealed a significant relationship between their coping strategies and resilience.

Results: Problem focussed coping strategies such as problem-solving skills, taking professional assistance, seeking information about managing the condition, taking time to discuss the ways of handling child’s condition with the family members/significant others and having recreational activities improved parental resilience. Whereas, emotion focused coping strategies for example, reliance on religious leaders for emotional support, weeping, blaming fate and doing nothing decreased their resilience. Rehabilitation professionals may plan interventions to expand problem focused coping skills so as to improve their resilience

Conclusion: The findings have specific applications in developing interventions for parents of children with intellectual disability.
How to Cite: Rajan, A.M. and Romate, J., 2022. Resilience and Coping by Parents of Children with Intellectual Disability in Kerala, South India. Disability, CBR & Inclusive Development, 33(3), pp.25–40. DOI: http://doi.org/10.47985/dcidj.524
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Published on 03 Nov 2022.

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