International Journal of Education and Psychological Research
(Print and Online Peer Reviewed Journal)
Dr. Simi Shrivastava
Intellectual disability is not a disease or a simple entity. It is a term applied to a condition of retarded mental development
present at birth or in early childhood and is characterized mainly by limited intelligence.
The upbringing of Intellectual disability in the family calls for a variety of emotional stresses and stress adjustment related to
child's disability and these are not restricted to only parents alone. Siblings too form an integral part of family where in the
emotional stress, adjustments are also reflected on them which hinder their emotional development. The effect of presence of
intellectually disabled child in the family on emotional development of the normal siblings of disabled was studied. Emotional
maturity scale was used to ascertain the emotional development of SMDC group and SNC group and it was found that SMDC
group was lesser emotionally developed than SNC group.