A community-based study of childhood handicap in oman

Zakiya Al-lamki, Christer Ohlin

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This paper reports the findings of a preliminary survey carried out in an Omani community to assess the prevalence of handicap amongst children, and its impact on the family. The sample comprised of 492 children less than 15 years of age. The disabilities identified related to chromosomal abnormality, genetic, perinatal, and infectious factors. The presence of mental retardation, with associated social taboos, confounds the problem in Oman. The study showed that, although some handicapped children may be accepted within the family, there was a sense of shame and rejection vis-à-vis the community. The prevalence of 2 per cent is only the tip of the iceberg. The study defines the sociocultural aspects of the Omani society which are conducive to the perpetuation of this important health and social problem.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)314-316
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Tropical Pediatrics
Volume38
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1992

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Oman
Health
Taboo
Shame
Social Problems
Disabled Children
Chromosome Aberrations
Intellectual Disability
Disability
Rejection
Children
Community
Community-based
Childhood
Handicap
Family
Surveys and Questionnaires
Rejection (Psychology)

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  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Genetics(clinical)
  • Biotechnology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Immunology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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A community-based study of childhood handicap in oman. / Al-lamki, Zakiya; Ohlin, Christer.

In: Journal of Tropical Pediatrics, Vol. 38, No. 6, 12.1992, p. 314-316.

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