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Attitudes of Parents towards Children with Specific Learning Disabilities

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Dr. Chandramuki ,

Department of Psychiatry, MIMS Hospital, Govindapuram, Calicut - 673016, IN
About Dr.
The author has 8 years of experience in clinical social work and has published several articles in national journals. Currently, she is working as a senior pscyhiatric social worker in MIMS hospital, Calicut (India), providing childline and clinical services to mentally ill patients and their families.
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Indiramma Venkatakrishnashastry,

Department of Psychiatric Social Work, NIMHANS, Bangalore, IN
About Indiramma
The author has been associated with the child and adolescent psychiatry unit for the past 30 years. She has published several articles in national journals on children and their problems. Her areas of interest are parenting, school mental health and dealing with children and adolescents. She has conducted several workshops on 'Effective parenting'  and 'Psychosocial interventions in child and adolescent mental health'. The author has also conducted public education programmes through All India Radio and Television, on children's problems. She has also guided many PhD and MPhil Students.
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Mysore Narasimha Vranda

Department of Psychiatric Social Work, NIMHANS, Bangalore, IN
About Mysore Narasimha
Has 10 years of experience in clinical work and research, mainly in child and adolescent mental health using life skills. Has published several articles in national and internationa journals, chapters in books, written several manuals on psychosoical care. Has received best paper awards for presentation in national and international conferences.
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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.

How to Cite: Chandramuki, D., Venkatakrishnashastry, I. and Vranda, M.N., 2012. Attitudes of Parents towards Children with Specific Learning Disabilities. Disability, CBR & Inclusive Development, 23(1), pp.63–69. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5463/dcid.v23i1.47
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Published on 31 May 2012.

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