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An investigation into the families of physically disabled children

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dc.contributor.advisor Dhlomo-Sibiya, R.M.
dc.contributor.author Sifama, Lydia Jabulile
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-27T13:26:09Z
dc.date.available 2010-05-27T13:26:09Z
dc.date.issued 2004
dc.identifier.other 270273
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10530/303
dc.description A dissertation submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Degree M.A. (Counselling Psychology) in the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts at the University of Zululand, 2004. en_US
dc.description.abstract This study investigated families of physically disabled children. Birth has always been anticipated with great excitement and high expectations for the future. But the discovery that the child has a disability changes everything. The family into which this disabled child is born undergoes major changes, as they have to accommodate such a child. Siblings compete with the disabled child's needs for parental attention, and are required to integrate him/her into the neighbourhood. Parents on the other hand are vulnerable, insecure about raising such a child. They are pushed to their financial, physical and emotional limits. This research studied 23 caregivers of disabled children who received disability grant. Caregivers included mothers, aunts, grandmothers and siblings. The physically disabled children attended mainstream education schools. Due to their condition they encountered a number of problems. Some left school, leaving caregivers devastated. Some caregivers shared a variety of traumatic experiences with regard to their task. Other caregivers seemed unaware of such feelings and had never received any form of support and guidance in dealing with these feelings. The study assisted in making unconscious feelings conscious. The ways caregivers used to manage and cope with their disabled children were explored. These were regarded as expected or 'normal' reactions. Furthermore, participants were introduced to resourceful places where they would receive professional help with regard to raising such children whenever they needed such services. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship National Research Foundation en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Disabilities en_US
dc.subject Disabled children en_US
dc.title An investigation into the families of physically disabled children en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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