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Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences
Year : 2018, Volume : 9, Issue : 2
First page : ( 157) Last page : ( 160)
Print ISSN : 2394-2053. Online ISSN : 2394-2061.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2394-2061.2018.00035.6

Parenting stress among mentally retarded children with normal control

Kumar Nishant1, Ranjan Lokesh Kumar2, Panday Rishi3,*, Kiran Manisha4

1PhD Scholar, Department of Psychiatric Social Work, Ranchi Institute of Neuro-Psychiatry & Allied Sciences (RINPAS), Ranchi, Jharkhand, India

2Psychiatric Social Work, Central India Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Dewada, Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh, India

3PhD Scholar, Department of Social Work, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India

4Associate Professor and Head, Department of Psychiatric Social Work, Ranchi Institute of Neuro-Psychiatry & Allied Sciences (RINPAS), Ranchi, Jharkhand, India

*Correspondence: Rishi Panday, Room No-3, 86/2, Sarai Jullena, New Delhi-110025, India. rishiraj.lu@gmail.com

Online published on 18 July, 2018.

Abstract

Background

Parents having a child with mental retardation experience a variety of stressors to the child's disability and are known to get impacted in many ways because of having a special child. Parents of mentally retarded children are always feeling sad at various stages of life and experiencing other emotional reactions. The cause of mental retardation is a pathological process in the brain, and characterised by restrictions in adaptive and intellectual functions.

Objective

To assess the parenting stress among parents of children with mental retardation and parents of children with normal control.

Methods

The sample consisted of 80 parents (40 parents of children with mental retardation and 40 parents of children with normal controls) selected from the outpatient department (OPD) of Ranchi Institute of Neuro-Psychiatry & Allied Sciences (RINPAS), Ranchi and two nearby areas (Kanke and Sukurhuttu) of RINPAS by using purposive sampling technique.

Result

Finding of this study indicated that parents of children with mental retardation were having high level of parenting stress as compared to parents of children with normal controls.

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Keywords

Disability. Pathological Processes. Brain. Adaptive. Intellectual functions.

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