Relationship between Africentric Worldview and Psychological Distress among Ghanaian Mothers of Children with Intellectual Disability

  • Mabel Oti-BoadiEmail author
  • C. Charles Mate-Kole


This study examined the relationship between an Africentric worldview and psychological distress among 55 Ghanaian mothers of children with intellectual disability. The study hypothesized the protective effects of an Africentric worldview on psychological distress, and their association with parenting stress. Results showed that an Africentric worldview was negatively associated with psychological distress and parenting stress, and that parenting stress was positively related to psychological distress. Further hierarchical regression analysis showed that an Africentric worldview did not moderate the relationship between parenting stress and psychological distress. However, parenting stress mediated the relationship between an Africentric worldview and psychological distress. These findings reveal the positive influence of an Africentric worldview on psychological functioning of mothers of children with intellectual disability. Additionally, the findings underscore the need to develop culturally relevant interventions to help improve the well-being of mothers of children with intellectual disability. Implications for clinical and counselling practice are discussed.


Africentric worldview Parenting stress Psychological distress Intellectual disability Ghana 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Computing & Information Systems-General Studies DepartmentGhana Technology University CollegeAccraGhana
  2. 2.AccraGhana
  3. 3.Center for Ageing Studies and Department of Psychology/PsychiatryUniversity of GhanaLegonGhana

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