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Title: The adaptation of mothers of children with intellectual disability in Lebanon
Authors: Azar, Mathilde 
Badr, Lina Kurdahi
Affiliations: Nursing Program 
Keywords: Intellectual disability
Developmentally disabled
Developmentally impaired
Mental retardation
Issue Date: 2006
Part of: Journal of transcultural nursing
Volume: 7
Issue: 4
Start page: 375
End page: 380
In many Middle Eastern countries, including Lebanon, there is a stigma attached to families who have an intellectually impaired child. These families complain of isolation and lack of community resources that could help them cope with their circumstances to optimize the childs abilities. Health professionals and researchers should be cognizant of factors related to the process of stress adaptation to help families cope with their circumstances. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to identify factors that play a role in mothers adaptation to the care of their intellectually impaired children. The results, based on a sample of 127 mothers from Lebanon, reveal that a high percentage of mothers had depressive symptoms. Multiple regression analysis demonstrates that by order of importance, the factors that determine maternal depression are family strain, parental stress, and family income. The conclusions about nursing implications from a cultural perspective are discussed and recommendations proposed.
DOI: 10.1177/1043659606291550
Ezproxy URL: Link to full text
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Nursing Program

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