Parental Attitudes towards Autistic Child

Obaid, Majeda Al Sayyed
June 2012
European Journal of Social Sciences;Jun2012, Vol. 31 Issue 1-3, p103
Academic Journal
The study aimed at investigating the parents' attitudes towards their autistic child, and also to know the parents' attitudes in meeting the essential needs for autistic child, and to throw the light on the parental attitudes towards the effect of autism on the social agreement, and to know the effect of each parent gender, and the educational level of the two parents. The sample of the study consisted of 162 parents, 85 males and 77 females from nine Autistic institutions. Means and standard deviations and T-test were used to analyze the results. The results showed that the higher mean of the item which states "I prefer to give care to my autistic child and feed him whatever he trained on that", whereas it was the lower mean of the item which states "I do not give care to my autistic child if he gets sick". Concerning with the variable gender of the two parents, the mother's attitudes were more negative than the father's, and concerning the educational qualifications for the two parents, it had not an indication, also the attitudes of the two parents towards the female were more negative, and the trends of the mother and father do not influence with the existence of another handicapped child


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