Nationwide study of fathers’ involvement in the rehabilitation of children with disabilities in the United Arab Emirates

Ahmed Mohamed, Maxwell Peprah Opoku, Shamsa Almarzooqi, J-F, Haseena Shah

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Abstract

Purpose: Parental involvement is fundamental to the successful inclusion of children with disabilities in social, academic and communities' services. However, very little is known about UAE fathers' involvement in the support, care, and treatment. and facilitation of engagement in the social, academic, and recreational activities of children with disabilities. Importantly, the role of fathers in facilitating children's participations in social services within the community is unknown. The aim of the current study was to learn father's involvement in the life of children with disabilities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Materials and methods: A total of 1027 parents (fathers = 469, and mothers = 558) completed the revised Fathers’ Involvement in Development and Rehabilitation Scale, with three sub-scales (support, attitudes, and participation in training). The Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) version 29 was used to calculate means, t-tests, and moderation analyses. Results: The mean scores showed high involvement of fathers; fathers rated themselves highly on attitudes and support towards their children with disabilities compared to mothers. Also, parental type (fathers vs mothers) significantly moderated the relationship between the support needs of children and paternal support to children with disabilities. Conclusion: The study concludes with suggestions for targeted training programmes to enable fathers to better support the development of their children with disabilities.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere30980
JournalHeliyon
Volume10
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 30 2024

Keywords

  • Children with disabilities
  • Comparison
  • Parental involvement
  • Parents
  • Rehabilitation
  • United Arab Emirates

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General

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