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STUDYING QUALITY OF LIFE OF PARENTS WITH MORE THAN ONE CHILD WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

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 Start Page 60 | End Page 70

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 Background & Purpose: Having a child with a special need creates tensions for the family and negatively effects on family functioning and parent relationships. Therefore, the aim of this study is investigating the QUALITY OF LIFE of PARENTS with more than one child with special needs.Method: This study was a causal-comparative study. The statistical population consisted of 160 couples of PARENTS (82 couples of PARENTS of CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS and 78 couples of PARENTS of children without special needs) from Kurdistan province in 2015-2016, who were selected through convenience sampling method. QUALITY OF LIFE questionnaire (World Health Organization, 1996) was used to collect of data. Data analysis was carried out by MANOVA test.Results: Findings showed that the QUALITY OF LIFE of PARENTS with more than one child with special needs had a significant difference compared to normal children's PARENTS. PARENTS of children with a specific need for QUALITY OF LIFE in the dimensions of physical health (P<0.0001), social relationships (P<0.0001), mental health (P<0.0001) and environmental health (P<0.0001) have significant difference compared to the PARENTS of normal children.Conclusion: According to the results of this study, the presence of CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS in the family has a negative effect on the mental health and QUALITY OF LIFE of PARENTS and other family members, thus identifying the needs of these families and supporting them is important.

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