A Study of Quality of Life of Mothers Having Children with Special Needs
Introduction: Even though there is more and more written about the
quality of life of mothers and families with disabled children, most of
such studies have been done in Western countries. In India, little has
been studied about the quality of life of mothers of disabled children.
This study is aimed to understand the quality of life of mothers who
have children with intellectual disability (ID) or locomotor disability
(LD). Families caring for disabled children encounter unique obstacles
and responsibilities compared to those caring for children without
Method: In this scientific study, 300 mothers (100 mothers having
children with intellectual disability, 100 mothers having children with
locomotor disability, and 100 mothers having normal children) were
selected from northern India. The WHO Quality of Life Brief Tool was
administered to assess the quality of life in variables; the scale has
four domains with 26 items.
Results: The result of the study showed that the F value for quality
of life in mothers of intellectually disabled children, children with
locomotor disabilities and normal children, the F value for quality of
life was 203.774 which was significant at 0.001 levels of significance.
Conclusion: This shows that there is a significant difference in the level
of quality of life among the group of mothers of normal children and
children with intellectual and locomotor disabilities.
How to cite this article:
Kumar A, Singh KK. Study of Quality of Life of
Mothers Having Children with Special Needs.
Chettinad Health City Med J. 2023;12(3):21-25.
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