The Relationship between Maternal Mental Health Problems and Domestic Violence with Mentally Retarded Children Behavioral Problems

Azita Pourvahed, Mojtaba Amiri-Majd



Background and Objectives: Given that children are the future of society with immediate owners, their
health and disease in health and disease tomorrow’s society and future generations will have signifiant
effects. Therefore it is necessary to pay more attention to their physical and mental health and fundamental
steps for the prevention and treatment of mental disorders and their behavior is removed. This study aimed
to investigate the relationship between mental health problems of mothers and children facing domestic
violence were mentally retarded children with behavior problems.
Material and Methods: This study was descriptive-correlation was performed. The study sample consisted
of all mentally retarded children 7 to 12 years and their mothers who were in schools with intellectual
disability had been studying in the academic year 94-95. The sampling method was multi-stage cluster
sampling in this study. The sample consisted of 150 students with intellectual disability who were selected
based on criteria for the study. The questionnaire includes demographic information, a checklist related
symptoms (SCL.25), behavioral problems Conners Rating Scale and the Conflct Tactics Scale. To analyze
the data Pearson correlation and multiple regression analysis at the signifiant level were used.
Results: The fidings showed that between mother and child’s exposure to domestic violence, mental health
problems mentally retarded children with behavioral problems and there is a signifiant positive relationship
and can be accessed through the mother’s mental health problems and family violence, behavioral problems
in children with mental retardation predicted.
Conclusion: The results of this study indicate that between mental health problems and domestic violence
mother mentally retarded children with behavioral problems are related.


Mentally retarded children, Mother’s mental disorder, Family violence, Behavioral problems

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