Level of Support among Families of Children with Disabilities In Jordan

Laila Damra, Jameel Al-Smadi

Abstract


The purpose of this study is to explore the level supporting the families of disabled children in Jordan.
The sample of the study consisted of (120) families of Mental Disability children, Autism, movement disability, audio disability and Visual disability as follows: (40) families with mental disabled children, (20) families for each kind of disability such as Autism, movement disability, audio disability and Visual disability. The sample was chosen purposefully from the families that agreed to participate in this study after inviting all the families of disabled Children to participate in this study. Moreover, The sample consisted of (50) families with normal children studying in regular schools close to special needs Centers, therefore, the sample consisted of (170) families.
To achieve the aim of this study the researcher prepared an Arabized form of family support scale. The researchers calculated reliability and validity of this tool then administrated it on participants.
The findings of the study indicated that the level of support for disabled children families in general was moderate for all families of mental, autism and audio disabilities while, it was low for the families of movement and visual disabilities.
The findings of the study showed that:
There were significant statistical differences at the level of (α= 0.05) in the level of family support for families of disabled children due to the disability type variable.
Moreover, the findings showed that there were no significant statistical differences at the level of (α= 0.05) in the level of family support between the family with male disabled children and the families with female disabled children. On the other hand, there were significant statistical differences in the level of family support of the families of disabled children due to the educational level of parents as the differences were for the favor of parents holding higher scientific grades compared by those with Diploma or third secondary certificates and less.
The findings of the study showed that there were no significant statistical differences at the level of (α = 0.05) in the level of family support for the families with disabled children due to the social status of parents. There were significant statistical differences at the level of (α = 0.05) in the level of family support between families that earns more than 1000 JD and the families earn less than that.

Keywords


Family Support

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