SUPPORT FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES AND DEVELOPMENT OF PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIPS

K. Kuracki, A. Dłużniewska

The Maria Grzegorzewska Pedagogical University (POLAND)
Raising and caring for childs with disability is a serious challenge for their parents, because everyday situations associated with fulfilling parental duties generate a lot of various stressors (H. Cass i in. 1999; M. B. Olsson, C. P. Hwang 2002; I. Obuchowska, 2008; E. Pisula, 2012; L. Woolfson, E. Grant 2006). Hence, an important factor affecting the well-being of parents seems to be receiving informational, instrumental and emotional support. Through this form of help, it is possible to deal with a difficult situation and to reduce the disorganization of family life. What is more, the received support can significantly affect the parent-child relationship.The main aim of the study was to recognize the type of support given to parents of disabled children and determine the relationship between the support experienced by parents and the development of the parent-child relationship. The research group consisted of 60 parents of preschool children with disabilities The tools used in the research were: Parent Behavior Inventory by M.C. Lovejoy, R. Weis, E. O'Hare & E.C. Rubin and Questionnaire for the parents by Agnieszka Dłużniewska. The study was conducted in the correlation schema.