Vol. 2, Issue 5 (2017)
Religious orientation in relation to psychological distress and frustration among parents of differently: Abled children
Author(s): Muzafar Hussain Kawa
Abstract: According to the World Health Organization and the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, intellectual disability is a condition of arrested or incomplete development of the mind characterized by impairment of skills and overall intelligence in areas such as cognition, language, and motor and social abilities. Intellectual disability makes a person incapable of living an independent life. In India, family bears the main burden of caring for such persons unlike in the developed world. Family members, particularly parents, are more affected by the condition. The present study was an attempt to find out relationship of religious orientation with psychological distress and frustration among parents of differently-abled Children. The data for the present study was obtained from parents of differently-abled Children [N=200 (Fathers 90 & Mothers 110)] belonging to various districts of Kashmir valley. Religious orientation was assessed by using Religious Orientation Scale (Gorsuch & McPherson, 1989); Psychological Distress was assessed by using Kessler psychological distress scale- K10 (Kessler, 1996) & Frustration by The Reaction to Frustration Scale-RFSB (Dixit, B. M and Shrivastava, D. N. 1987). The data collected was analyzed by using appropriate statistical techniques like Pearson’s product moment correlation. The results showed significant negative correlation between intrinsic religious orientation and psychological distress. Moreover, a significant positive correlation was found between extrinsic religious orientation and psychological distress. However, the relationship between intrinsic religious orientation and as well as extrinsic religious orientation with frustration was found positive but insignificant.