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Revista Brasileira de Educação Especial

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BRACCIALLI, Lígia Maria Presumido; BAGAGI, Priscilla dos Santos; SANKAKO, Andréia Naomi  and  ARAUJO, Rita de Cássia Tibério. Quality of life of caregivers of people with special needs. Rev. bras. educ. espec. [online]. 2012, vol.18, n.1, pp.113-126. ISSN 1413-6538.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-65382012000100008.

The quality of life of caregivers is a concern because it directly affects the quality of life of individuals dependent on such care. This study aimed to analyze and compare the quality of life in health of caregivers of people with special needs who attend a rehabilitation facility. Ninety caregivers of people with special needs who attend a rehabilitation facility participated in this study. For data collection two instruments were used: a questionnaire to determine the profile of the caregiver and the person with special needs and the WHOQOL-Bref questionnaire to measure quality of life. The results were significant only between the caregiver's quality of life in the physical domain and age of the person with special needs, indicating that the older a person with special needs, the more difficult and arduous is the act of caring.  The result can indicate guidelines for caring for families of people with disabilities.

Keywords : Special Education; Caregivers; Quality of life; Persons with special needs; Family.

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