Coping styles of mothers with disabled children at rural community rehabilitation centres in Muar, Malaysia

A. H. Nor Zaidah, Khairani Omar, Normah Che Din

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Chronic disability in children imposes great strains on a family. The responsibility of mothering disabled children may be detrimental to the well-being of mothers. This study aims to assess the different types of coping styles of mothers with disabled children and its influencing factors. It is a cross-sectional study using Coping Inventory Stressful Situation (CISS) scale to determine the mothers' coping styles. A sample of 81 mothers with disabled children attending two rural Community Rehabilitation Centres, were included in the study. Overall, the mothers were using a mixture of coping strategies. However, they scored more in the task-oriented (mean T score =52.88) and emotion-oriented (mean T score = 50.52) coping styles, while the other subscales of coping styles, namely avoidance, distraction and social diversion were below average (mean T score < 50). Divorced mothers (p=0.04) and those with low educational level (p=0.00) were more inclined to use emotion-oriented coping strategies while mothers with younger children (< 5 years old) used more avoidance coping strategies (p=0.01). There were no significant difference of coping styles in association with the mothers' age, ethnicity, duration of marriage, number of siblings, child's birth order or gender. By understanding the mothers' coping styles, health care workers would be able to educate the mothers with effective coping strategies and consequently reduce their psychological distress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)384-390
Number of pages7
JournalMedical Journal of Malaysia
Volume59
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2004

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Keywords

  • CISS scale
  • Community rehabilitation centres
  • Coping styles
  • Disabled children
  • Mother
  • Rural

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Coping styles of mothers with disabled children at rural community rehabilitation centres in Muar, Malaysia. / Nor Zaidah, A. H.; Omar, Khairani; Che Din, Normah.

In: Medical Journal of Malaysia, Vol. 59, No. 3, 08.2004, p. 384-390.

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