Social Support and Social Stigma as Predictors of Coping Behaviour among Parents of Children with Special Needs

The present study aimed at finding the predictors of coping behaviour among parents of children with special needs. Five hundred and ninety-seven (597) parents of children with special needs were chosen as participants who fulfilled the inclusion criteria. The participants for the study were randomly selected from different BUDS schools and Special schools belonging to different parts of Kerala, India. Parents of children having Intellectual Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Cerebral Palsy were selected. The instruments used for the study were the Social support Scale, Social stigma Scale, and Coping behaviour Scale. The collected data were analysed using Stepwise regression Analysis. The study concluded that Social stigma and Social support were the predictors of coping behaviour among parents of children with special needs. The findings will be of great utility to parents, researchers, counsellors and other professionals working in this area.