The social and emotional adjustment of physically disabled Lusaka primary school children
MacFarlane, Mary Ann
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The social and emotional adjustment of physically disabled, Lusaka primary school children was compared vfith the adjustment of their non-disabled counterparts.The main purpose of the study was to see if the disabled sample manifested significantly more rejection, ovor-r protection and a lower mental health status than their non-disabled counterparts.Three instruments were used to try and detect those differences betv/eon the tvro groups of children. They were the Parental Acceptance Rejection Questionnaire and the Personality Assessment Questionnaire, both devised by Rohner and his associates for their "Parental Acceptance - Rejection Theory -"PART and the "Over-Protection" Questionnaire devised by myself.The findings, contrary to much of the literature on the disabled,revealed no significant differences between the two groups in terms of rejection, over-protection or mental health status. The only significant difference was in negative self-esteem (a scale of the Personality Assessment Questionnaire), with the disabled sample manifesting significantly lower self-esteems than their non-disabled counterparts. The results thus revealed an overall positive picture of social and emotional adjustment for the disabled sample concerned, contrary to much of the existing literature on the disabled.
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