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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 98-104

Impact of disability of mentally retarded persons on their parents

VIMHANS, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Thiyam Kiran Singh
VIMHANS, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/0253-7176.48482

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Mental retardation is a permanent condition unlike many other diseases. It is a highly prevalent and highly disabling condition. In this study an attempt has been made to study both positive and negative impact on parents so as to help manage this problem in the best possible way. The study was conducted at the outpatient department of P.G.I. Behavioral and Medical Sciences, Raipur, and two special schools of mentally challenged children and it was done by purposive sampling method. Using specially designed semi-structured sociodemographic and clinical data sheet, information was gathered about mentally challenged children and their parents. Vineland Social Maturity Scale (VSMS) and Developmental Screening Test (DST) were used to assess their intelligence. Parents fulfilling inclusion and exclusion criteria consenting for the study were selected. National Institute for the Mentally Handicapped Disability Impact Scale (2003) was then administered on them. The results are reported and discussed.

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