THE CHALLENGES OF DISABILITY IN PAKISTAN: LISTENING TO THE VOICES OF MOTHERS

  • Rabia Ali Department of Sociology, International Islamic University Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Sana Rafique Department of Sociology, International Islamic University Islamabad, Pakistan

Abstract

This study was conducted with the aim to explore the experiences of mothers in dealing with children having disabilities in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Through random sampling method 154 mothers of physically handicapped children studying in pre-schools and primary schools were selected as respondents. The main instrument used for data collection was researcher administered questionnaire. The data highlights that the disability of the children had been unexpected for all the mothers who participated in this research. The mothers reported to have been shocked (56%) and apprehended about the future of the children (41%). Some of the emotional problems encountered by the mothers included feelings of confusion and depression. The majority of the respondents had taken measures to treat the disability with the help of experienced professionals (51%) and by using therapeutic therapy (05%). The data demonstrates that measures taken by mothers to facilitate their children included seeking help from internet and engaging with support groups and friends.

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Published
2015-11-28
How to Cite
Ali, R., & Rafique, S. (2015). THE CHALLENGES OF DISABILITY IN PAKISTAN: LISTENING TO THE VOICES OF MOTHERS. European Scientific Journal, ESJ, 11(32). Retrieved from http://eujournal.org/index.php/esj/article/view/6585