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Br J Psychiatry. 1999 Mar;174:254-8.

Family intervention for intellectually disabled children. Randomised controlled trial.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India. Paulr@mhc.cmc.ernet.in

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Resources to address the needs of parents of intellectually disabled children in developing countries are limited.

AIMS:

The efficacy of interactive group psychoeducation on measures of parental attitude towards intellectual disability was assessed in southern India.

METHOD:

Fifty-seven parents randomised to 10 weeks of experimental and control therapy were assessed using the Parental Attitude Scale towards the Management of Intellectual Disability. The pre- and post-intervention measurements were done by a single-blinded rater and compared.

RESULTS:

The intervention group had a statistically significant increase in the outcome scores and clinical improvement in the total parental attitude score, orientation towards child-rearing knowledge towards intellectual disability and attitude towards management of intellectual disability, but no change in attitude towards the intellectual disability subscale.

CONCLUSIONS:

Interactive group psychoeducation is effective for changing the attitude of parents with intellectually disabled children, and is a viable option to be developed in situations where resources are limited.

PMID:
10448452
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