study of stress, expectation and awareness level among parents of Individuals
with CP, Multiple Disabilities & Autism
Ms. Usha Grover
Asst. Prof. Of NIMH,
Analytical study on stress, awareness, expectations and
perceived needs of parents of individuals having cerebral palsy, autism and
In the past two decades focus has shifted from child
cantered services to family central services in the field of disability
However the result of the shift is focus has not been
Family integration of the individual with disability and
effective home based training involving parents as trainer are yet to get
Unless, parents stress, parents awareness, parents
expectation s and parents need are addressed to at all levels i.e. individual,
professional, administrator, state and national level, rehabilitation cannot be
achieved in its true perspective thereby violating rights of individual with
In the present analytical study the author has identified
the level of stress, awareness, expectations and needs of parents of individual
having Cerebral palsy, autism, multiple disabilities.
The author has also studied the relationship amongst these
A sample of 60 parents was taken across various schools in
A questionnaire was developed which was administered to all
60 parents in the interview mode.
The data was collected and then subjected to analysis and
It was found that high stress, high expectations and high
need were found in all the groups.
Parental stress was highest in parents of individuals having
Parental awareness was found highest among Parents of
individuals having autism.
Parentís expectations were highest in case of parents of
individuals having cerebral palsy.
Parental need revealed as maximum in parents of individuals having multiple disability.
Ms. Usha Grover
Asstt. Prof. in Special Education at the National Institute
for the Mentally Handicapped, Regional Centre,