International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 2, Issue 5, Part I (2016)
Psychosocial problems of mother bringing up their mentally retarded children
K Shenbaham, K Kavitha
Raising a child who is mentally challenged requires emotional strength and flexibility. The child has special needs in addition to the regular needs of all children, and parents can find themselves overwhelmed by various medical, care giving and educational responsibilities. Whether the special needs of the child are minimal or complex, the parents are inevitably affected. Support from family, friends, the community or paid caregivers is critical to maintaining balance in the home. One or both parents may feel as though they somehow caused the child to be disabled, whether from genetics, alcohol use, stress, or other logical or illogical reasons. This guilt can harm the parent's emotional health if it is not dealt with. Some parents struggle with "why" and experience a spiritual crisis or blame the other parent.
How to cite this article:
K Shenbaham, K Kavitha. Psychosocial problems of mother bringing up their mentally retarded children. International Journal of Applied Research. 2016; 2(5): 578-584.