Sunday, 30 September 2012

MENTAL HEALTH OF VISUALLY DISABLED, ORTHOPAEDICALLY DISABLED AND NON-DISABLED STUDENTS: A COMPARATIVE STUDY


Present study compared the mental health of Visually Disabled, Orthopaedically Disabled and Non-disabled students. The sample consisted of 90 male students (30 visually disabled, 30 orthopaedically disabled and 30 non-disabled) of grade 8 to 10 purposively selected from Panipat, Ambala and Chandigarh. The researcher used descriptive survey method for the present study. The 56 items Mental Health Inventory (MHI) developed by Dr. A. K. Srivastava and Dr. Jagadish (1983) was used for collection of data. Data obtained were analyzed using statistics like Mean, Standard Deviation, and t-test. Findings indicate significant difference in the mental health of visually disabled and orthopaedically disabled students, with orthopaedically disabled students having better mental health than their visually disabled counterparts. Significant difference also exists in the mental health of visually disabled and non-disabled students, with non-disabled students having better mental health than visually disabled students. Results further reveal a significant difference in the mental health of non-disabled and orthopaedically disabled students, with non-disabled students having better mental health than their ortjopaedically disabled counterparts. Implications of mental health were suggested for visually disabled and orthopaedically disabled students specifically.

Radhakanta Gartia
Senior Research Fellow, Department of Education, Kurukshetra University,

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