Functionality of the family system within families with disabled children

Popovska Nalevska, Gorica and Popovski, Filip and Dimova Popovska, Hristina (2022) Functionality of the family system within families with disabled children. International Journal of Research Studies in Education, 11 (12). ISSN 2243-7703 / 2243-7711

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This study aims at inquiring family functionality in families with disabled children in theRepublic of Macedonia. 130 parents of children with different types of disabilities took part inthis study, using the simple, random and convenient sampling methods. The study adopted thedescriptive survey design, using a questionnaire for parents of children with disabilities forproviding information about functionality and cohesion in families with disabled child. Thequestionnaire contained closed type questions, and a Likert scale of a series of statements, on afive-step scale from 1–completely disagree to 5 – completely agree. Parents' stress levels weremeasured using the DASS 21 scale. The results of those series of questions showed that in mostcases interrelationship does not change, between many parents the relationship strengthened,the spouses became more connected, openly discussed problems and found solutions together,but all their time and devotion was directed towards the child, and very little to their own needs.In terms of family functioning, the families involved in the research shows structured andbalanced flexibility, which is the willingness of families to change family rules, which is animportant aspect of overcoming the crises that the family faces. Scores on the DASS 21 scaleshowed severe level of parental stress.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Psychology
Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Education
Depositing User: MSc Hristina Dimova Popovska
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2023 07:41
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2023 07:41

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