Challenges related to rearing children with intellectual disability (ID) may cause mothers of these children to have mental health status problems. A total of 124 mothers who had a child with ID and 124 mothers of typically developing children were selected using random sampling. Data were collected using General health questionnaire, NEO five-factor inventory, islamic religiosity scale and WOCQ question- naires. Mothers of children with ID had lower general health than mothers of typically developing children. Neuroticism predicted the general health of the two groups of mothers. Among religious tendencies, religiosity and religious disorganization predicted the general health of mothers of children with ID and of mothers of typically developing children, respectively. Coping strategies did not predict general health in any group of mothers. Compared to personality dimensions and coping strategies, religiosity seems to be a good predic- tor of general health of mothers with children with ID in Iran.

Author(s): Y. R. Mirsaleh, H. Rezai , M. Khabaz, I. Afkhami Ardekanià and K. Abdi

Journal: Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities

Date: 2011

Volume: 24


Pages: 573-582

DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-3148.2011.00639.x

Databased: Yes

Disabilities: Intellectual Disability

Categories: Families