In Swimming Branch, Identification of Family Burden of Families of Mentally Disabled Athletes

Eyyup Nacar, M. Fatıh Karahuseyınoglu, Baykal Karatas, Oguzhan Altungul


The families of individuals with down-syndrome, autism, and mental problem who need for special requirements experience physical problems, tiredness, and antisocial life, which bring additional cost to family budget, from time to time due to difficulties of their children The aim of this study is to identify family burdens charged by kids with special education needs, and in terms of which variables it becomes different.

While the study was designed by the part literature”, obtained from scientific resources, personal information form, in which the demographic information of the families of kids with special needs take place, and the results of family burden assessment score, developed by Sarı and Basbakkal (2008) toward the aim of the study and consisted of 43 questions and 6 sub dimensions, were taken into consideration. In identifying family burdens, with moving from the assumption that mothers have dominant effect, the study was administered to the mothers

Majority of the families participating in the study are housewife. Total mean score obtained from family burden scale were 127 in the range of 45 to 215 points. In the study carried out, it was revealed that economic burden resulted from not employed housewives; and among the factors affecting perceived inabilities of mothers with disabled child, the concerns mothers experience toward the future of their children were very difficult case for the mothers.

However, families experience a concern in the form of “After my death, who will look after my child? .In the study carried out, it revealed that this case led the burdens of perceived inability to increase; and that the families tried to cope with this case, which causes concern for their kids with special needs.

In the world, the sincere of the mothers facing with this kind of difficulties in the face of these cases is a great chance for kids with special needs.

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