Family and children with developmental disabilities

Tuesday 7 May 2024, 12:30 pm
PhD student
Y. Widyawati MSc.
prof. dr. R.H.J. Scholte, prof. dr. R. Otten
dr. M.A.J. Kleemans

This dissertation focuses on the effects of parental behaviours, including resilience and positive parenting, on the well-being of children with developmental disabilities in Indonesia. Whereas much research has been conducted in Western societies, where individuality is valued, our research recognises the value of taking cultural differences—such as collectivism and dependability in Asian cultures—into account. We had three aims with our studies: first, to investigate the predictive value of parental resilience on the quality of life of Indonesian children with a developmental disability; second, to investigate positive parenting as a potential mediating variable on the link between resilience and quality of life, and third, to identify different protective factors of parental resilience using a longitudinal design.
The summary of this study highlights several key aspects warranting further discussion, notably the multifaceted aspects nature of parental resilience, its impact on children's quality of life, and strategies to enhance parental resilience. These reflections should be contextualised within a cultural framework, as cultural and demographic factors such as parental education level, family income, child age, and disability type influence parental resilience and children's quality of life.

Yapina Widyawati was born on February 15, 1979. After completing her secondary education, Yapina studied psychology at Atma Jaya Catholic University of Indonesia for her undergraduate degree. Yapina started a Master's program in Clinical Child Psychology at the University of Indonesia because she was interested in learning about children's psychological development.
Equipped with her advanced degree, Yapina embarked on her professional journey as a psychologist. She found her calling working in schools, where she could directly impact the lives of children and adolescents. As a school psychologist, Yapina supported students facing various challenges, ranging from academic struggles to emotional difficulties.
Yapina's commitment to the field of psychology extended beyond her clinical work; she also embraced the opportunity to share her knowledge and expertise with the next generation of psychologists. Taking on a role as a lecturer at Atma Jaya University, Yapina found fulfilment in nurturing aspiring psychologists and guiding them on their academic and professional paths. Throughout her career, Yapina's research interests have centred around the dynamics of family relationships, family resilience, and the experiences of children with disabilities.