The birth of a child with a disability, or the discovery that a child has a disability, can have profound effects on the family. Existing studies reveal that very often the parents as well as relatives have a negative attitude towards their mentally challenged children.
Objective: To assess the level of attitude of family caregivers towards Mentally Challenged Children in selected Institution, Bangalore.
Research Design: Descriptive research design was adopted for the present study.
Study setting: Nachiketa Manovikasa Kendra special school for mentally retarded, M.C. Layout Bangalore.
Tools: It consisted of two sections: Section A- Socio demographic Profile and Section B – attitude Questionnaire for family caregivers towards Mentally Challenged Children.
Results: The mean attitude score was 104.66. Also majority (62%) of the family caregivers had favourable attitude, 30% had most favourable attitude and 8% had unfavourable attitude.
Conclusion: Research studies suggests that the caregiver’s education programmes and community education programmes will positively influence the family caregiver’s attitude. Family caregivers of Mentally Challenged Children require a help to develop a most favorable attitude towards the mentally challenged children.