Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal

, Volume 31, Issue 2, pp 119–142 | Cite as

Parents’ and Professionals’ Perceptions of the Services of Families of Children with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities

  • Hayfaa Y. Al-Kandari


This study aims to investigate differences in perception among Kuwaiti parents, teachers, and employees regarding the services that are needed in different special education settings. The participants (n = 135) included 45 parents of children with intellectual developmental disabilities (IDD), 63 teachers in special education schools, and 27 employees working in the Higher Council of the Disabled. A survey was conducted using Hassan’s (The needs of parents of children with disabilities in relationship with child’s age, gender, and type of disability, 1992) Arabic version of the Family Need Inventory. The findings showed differences in perception among parents, teachers, and employees regarding what they consider to be the most important services for families of children with IDD. Another result showed significant differences in perception among the three groups regarding services (match or/and mismatch of responses), except for 3 out of 35 types of services. Suggestions and implications are discussed to provide information to social service providers to help them evaluate the laws that pertain to disability in Kuwait. The findings of this study will help social service providers determine and implement laws that meet the needs of parents of children with IDD and give them the right to be full partners in their children’s education.


Needs Families Children with disabilities Kuwait Teachers Employees 



This study was granted by Research Department at Kuwait University—project No. os02/08.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social Work, College of Social ScienceKuwait UniversityKuwaitKuwait

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