Udeme Samuel Jacob
Jace Pillay
Bolanle Misitura Oyundoyin

This study investigate the influence of perceived social support, maternal stress and socio-economic status on quality of life of mothers of children with intellectual disability, Oyo State, Nigeria. A total of 93 mothers of children with intellectual disability were respondents to a structured questionnaire. Findings revealed that perceived social support and socio-economic status had significant positive relationship with quality of life of mothers of children with intellectual disability. Result showed that the relationship between maternal stress and quality of life was negative and significant.  Moreover, the study revealed that perceived social support had the highest relative contribution on quality of life of mothers followed by socio-economic status while the least was by maternal stress. Furthermore, the joint contribution of perceived social support, maternal stress and socio-economic status on quality of life of mothers was significant; therefore, the three variables should be given proper consideration so as to enhance quality of life mothers of children with intellectual disability.

Keywords: children with intellectual disability, maternal stress, perceived social support, socio-economic status, quality of life
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Jace Pillay, South African Research Chair in Education and Care in Childhood, Faculty of Education, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Prof Pillay’s experiences in the last 30 years as a teacher, school counsellor, school psychologist, the Head of School Psychological Services, Head of Department for Educational Psychology and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), shaped his academic career. Currently, he is the South African Research Chair in Education and Care in Childhood in the Faculty of Education at UJ.

In the first 5 years of his Chair he focused on the education and care of orphans and vulnerable children and it was in this period that he found a dire need for an investigation in child and youth mental health which negatively impacted on their psychological, social and educational well-being. This prompted the idea of developing a rapid analysis web-based Child and Youth Mental Health Profiling System which is the main focus of his second 5-year term. Aligned to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4.IR) the online mental health and academic assessments of children and youth provide substantial data on the different types of mental health problems experienced by them across age, gender, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, various education districts and locations.