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Exploring the meaning of childhood disability: perceptions of disability among mothers of children with disabilities (CWD) in Kuwait.

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Raman, SR; Mandoda, S; Hussain, LK; Foley, N; Hamdan, E; Landry, M
Published in: World Health Popul
2010

The purpose of this exploratory research was to examine perceptions of mothers with children with disabilities (CWD) in Kuwait in order to understand the meaning of disability from their perspective and to explore the extent to which such perceptions influence rehabilitative services that their children receive. Ten semi-structured interviews were conducted with mothers of CWD receiving services at a large pediatric facility in Kuwait. Four themes emerged from the interviews: (1) mother's perceptions of disability, (2) mother's extended caregiver role, (3) religious beliefs as a coping strategy, and (4) perception of rehabilitation services. Our findings suggest that despite a traditional acceptance of disability as divine intervention or a challenge sent to them by God, mothers were motivated to maximize rehabilitation services in order to improve the functional capacity of their children. Kuwaiti mothers may hold both the fatalistic view of disability, and the belief that the course of disability can be altered through a rehabilitative intervention, in tension. An appreciation of this phenomenon might move toward a rehabilitation delivery model that integrates and harmonizes such beliefs.

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World Health Popul

DOI

ISSN

1718-3340

Publication Date

2010

Volume

11

Issue

4

Start / End Page

49 / 60

Location

Canada

Related Subject Headings

  • Religion
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Qualitative Research
  • Mothers
  • Male
  • Kuwait
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Humans
  • Female
  • Disabled Children
 

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Raman, S. R., Mandoda, S., Hussain, L. K., Foley, N., Hamdan, E., & Landry, M. (2010). Exploring the meaning of childhood disability: perceptions of disability among mothers of children with disabilities (CWD) in Kuwait. World Health Popul, 11(4), 49–60. https://doi.org/10.12927/whp.2013.21790
Raman, Sudha R., Shilpa Mandoda, Laila Kasim Hussain, Niamh Foley, Elham Hamdan, and Michel Landry. “Exploring the meaning of childhood disability: perceptions of disability among mothers of children with disabilities (CWD) in Kuwait.World Health Popul 11, no. 4 (2010): 49–60. https://doi.org/10.12927/whp.2013.21790.
Raman SR, Mandoda S, Hussain LK, Foley N, Hamdan E, Landry M. Exploring the meaning of childhood disability: perceptions of disability among mothers of children with disabilities (CWD) in Kuwait. World Health Popul. 2010;11(4):49–60.
Raman, Sudha R., et al. “Exploring the meaning of childhood disability: perceptions of disability among mothers of children with disabilities (CWD) in Kuwait.World Health Popul, vol. 11, no. 4, 2010, pp. 49–60. Pubmed, doi:10.12927/whp.2013.21790.
Raman SR, Mandoda S, Hussain LK, Foley N, Hamdan E, Landry M. Exploring the meaning of childhood disability: perceptions of disability among mothers of children with disabilities (CWD) in Kuwait. World Health Popul. 2010;11(4):49–60.

Published In

World Health Popul

DOI

ISSN

1718-3340

Publication Date

2010

Volume

11

Issue

4

Start / End Page

49 / 60

Location

Canada

Related Subject Headings

  • Religion
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Qualitative Research
  • Mothers
  • Male
  • Kuwait
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Humans
  • Female
  • Disabled Children