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Some determinants of adaptation in parents of persons with disabilities


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Radoš, Antonio. (2014). Some determinants of adaptation in parents of persons with disabilities. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Jokić-Begić, Nataša].

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Parents of persons with disabilities face many challenges that may affect their mental health. Related research until now included only mothers and rarely both of the parents. In few conducted cases where both of the parents were included, data on gender related differences was inconsistent. The aim of this study was to examine gender related differences in adaptation in parents of persons with disability. Specifically, we were looking for general psycho-pathological difficulties, overall life satisfaction, depression, and how these are related to parental perception of society’s relation towards disability. Total of 60 subjects participated in this study (34 mothers and 26 fathers) all with children with some sort of disability and all of them members of association of persons with disabilities. Our tools for measuring mentioned determinants of adaptation were: general psychopathological problems questionnaire (CORE-OM), Beck Depression Inventory – second edition (BDI-II) and global assessment of life satisfaction including parental perception of society’s relation towards disability. Results of this study show that there were no gender related statistically significant differences observed on scales of depression, general psychopathological problems or overall life satisfaction. Furthermore, results have shown that parents feel more depressed if they percieve society’s pity and avoidance and that they report about more general psychopathological difficulties if they percieve society’s avoidance. Overall life satisfaction shows no statistically significant correlation with the measures of parental perception of society’s relation towards disability.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: parental adaptation, disability, general psychopathology, depression, social support
Subjects: Psychology > Zdravstvena psihologija
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Jokić-Begić, Nataša
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2017 08:29
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2017 08:29

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