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Parental Stress in Raising a Child with Disabilities in India


Vidya Bhushan Gupta,

New York Medical College & Medical Director of Hudson Valley Developmental Disabilities Services Organisation, US
About Vidya Bhushan

Dr. Vidya Bhushan Gupta is Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at New York Medical College and Medical Director of Hudson Valley Developmental Disabilities Services Organization, an agency that provides medical and custodial care to over 1000 persons with intellectual disability. He is a neuro-developmental pediatrician who has served on various committees of the American Academy of Pediatrics and has written books, "Autisitc Spectrum Disorders in Children" and "No Apologies for Ritalin."

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Priyanka Mehrotra,

Class of 2012, New York University, US
About Priyanka

Priyanka Mehrotra is a graduate of New York University with a strong interest in public health. She is currently a medical student at the University of Miami in the MD/ MPh track.

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Naveen Mehrotra

Department of Paediatrics, University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, US
About Naveen

Dr. Naveen Mehrotra is a pediatrician in private practice who completed his medical training from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his Pediatric training at the University of Chicago. Dr. Mehrotra helped found the Shri Krishna Nidhi (SKN) Foundation, a community based non-profit organization with a mission to promote well-being through community based education and has also been a key person in the founding of the South Asian Total Health Initiative (SATHI), a research and education based initiative at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey- Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

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Purpose: To determine the parenting stress and its determinants among parents of children with disabling conditions in India.

Methods: The Parenting Stress Index – short form and a few open ended questions were administered to a convenience sample of sixty-six patient families in July, 2009 in the cities of New Delhi and Faridabad regions of Northern India through six non- governmental organizations (NGOs) that serve children with disabling conditions.

Results: Female sex of the child was associated with higher stress related to failure of the child to meet parent’s expectations and to satisfy the parents in their parenting role. Parents engaged in more lucrative and prestigious occupations had more stress than parents engaged in less prestigious and lucrative occupations irrespective of their income. Many parents reported receiving little support from their extended families in taking care of their child. Religion was found to be a common coping resource used by the parents.

Conclusion and Implications: Higher parenting stress in parents of girls raises the possibility of abuse and neglect. Little support from informal family resources underscores the need for developing formal resources for supporting the parents. The specific resources of parenting stress among parents of different socioeconomic status should be explored in future studies so that appropriate interventions can be planned.

How to Cite: Gupta, V.B., Mehrotra, P. and Mehrotra, N., 2012. Parental Stress in Raising a Child with Disabilities in India. Disability, CBR & Inclusive Development, 23(2), pp.41–52. DOI:
Published on 16 Aug 2012.


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