Families' acceptance of children with down syndrome and learning disabilities

Zuhda Husain, Salleh Amat, Abu Yazid Abu Bakar, Wan Ibrahim Wan Muda

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Family relationships are essential to strengthening the interaction between parents and children. However, the relationships are different for families who have children with disabilities. This study was conducted to identify families' acceptance of children with disabilities by focusing on social comparison and evaluation within the family. This quantitative study was distributed to 148 respondents from families who have children with Down Syndrome and Learning Disabilities. The Kansas Inventory of Parental Perceptions (KIPP) questionnaire, which was adapted from Behr and Murphy, measures the acceptance of family members from the aspects of Comparative Social and Self-Assessment. The study found that families' acceptance level is high, indicating families are beginning to accept the presence of their children with disabilities. Meanwhile, there were no gender and age differences in the family's acceptance of children with disabilities for Comparative Social and Self-Assessment. Despite acceptance patterns diverging between sexes, future research needs to be more detailed in analysing disability type and its severity by considering the social aspects of the process of parental acceptance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-214
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Innovation, Creativity and Change
Volume7
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

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learning disability
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age difference
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Keywords

  • Children with disabilities
  • Family acceptance
  • Self-assessment
  • Social comparison

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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Families' acceptance of children with down syndrome and learning disabilities. / Husain, Zuhda; Amat, Salleh; Bakar, Abu Yazid Abu; Muda, Wan Ibrahim Wan.

In: International Journal of Innovation, Creativity and Change, Vol. 7, No. 11, 01.01.2019, p. 197-214.

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