Virtual Training on Stress Management for the Mothers of Children with Disabilities in the United Arab Emirates

Rawhi Abdat, Maxwell Peprah Opoku, Mohammed Safi, Siham Al Harballeh, Rhoda Myra Garces-Bacsal

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Parenting children with disabilities has consistently been reported to be associated with stress, and even more so among mothers who are primary caregivers. In non-Western contexts such as the United Arab Emirates (UAE), there is a dearth of research on maternal mental health in relation to raising children with disabilities and related mitigation strategies. During the COVID-19 pandemic (2020–2021), the Federal Government of the UAE used the Save the Child’s Stress Checklist to assess the stress levels of 635 mothers who were raising children with disabilities in the northern part of the country. In the pre-test, an estimated 6% (36/635) of the mothers were found to be experiencing high levels of stress. Consequently, virtual stress management training was conducted, and 12 of the 36 mothers completed the full training. Wilcoxon’s ranked test showed a reduction in their total, physical, emotional and cognitive stress at the end of the training. This study demonstrates the pressing need for ongoing training programmes to improve the mental health of mothers of children with disabilities in the UAE and similar contexts.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1450
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023


  • United Arab Emirates
  • children with disability
  • intervention
  • parents
  • stress management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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