PERCEIVED STIGMATIZATION, FAMILY SUPPORT AND MARITAL ADJUSTMENT IN MOTHERS HAVING CHILDREN WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY
Background. Mothers having children with intellectual disabilities (ID) are one of the most ostracized groups and face stigma, prejudice and significant obstacles that restrict their human rights by Mak and Cheung, (2008). Therefore, the aim of the present study was conducted to study the relationship between perceived stigmatization, familial support and marital adjustment in mothers having children with intellectual disability. Method. Data was taken from (n=150) mothers who having children with intellectual disability through purposive strategy. Perceived devaluation and discrimination scale, family support scale and marital adjustment test were used as an assessment measure in the present study. Results. The result showed that perceived stigmatizations (r = .33, p < .001) with marital adjustment and family support (r = .35, p < .001) has significant negative relationship (r = .63, p = .001) with marital adjustment. Moreover, regression findings revealed both models were significant. In the first step (ΔR2 = .50, F (20, 129) = 8.62, p = .000) perceived stigmatization was a statistically significant predictor (β = -.13, p = .000), implying that perceived stigmatization predicts marital adjustment. In the second model (ΔR2 = .60, F (21, 128) = 11.98, p < .001) familial support (β = -.37, p = .001) was significant predictor of marital adjustment.