Author :  Masud Akhtar1, Naveed Riaz2, Asghar Ali Shah3, Akbar Kareem4, Ghulam Murtaza Bodla5

Abstract
Background: Emotional development is the most important aspect of the development of children in developmental psychology. Many factors contribute to emotional development of the physically impaired children. In this regards, family support is a fundamental aspect in emotional development of a child.
Objectives: The present research focused on the relationship between perceived family support and emotional development in physically impaired institutionalized children. Similarly, comparisons were made among children regarding their gender, family system and parental education.
Method: It was cross-sectional research in which purposive convenient sampling technique was used for data collection. Study consisted of physically impaired institutionalized children (N = 100) including boys and girls. The sample was taken from various special education institutions of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Perceived Family Support Scale and Emotional Development Scale was used for data collection.
Results: A significant high correlation is found between perceived family support and emotional development (r = .84, p < .01) among physically impaired children. The results indicate that male children (M = 82.803, t = 2.88, p < .01) significantly scored high on perceived family support as compared to female children (M = 78.051, t = 1.880, p < .05). Children from nuclear family system (M = 81.307, t = 1.92, p < .05) significantly scored high on perceived family support as compared to children from joint family system (M = 78.36, t = 1.92, p < .05). Children with educated fathers (M = 81.324, t = 1.87, p < .05) significantly scored high on perceived family as compared to children with uneducated fathers (M = 72.88, t = 1.87, p < .05). Children with uneducated mothers (M = 81.07, t = .11, p > .05) non-significantly scored high on perceived family support as compared to children with educated mothers (M = 80.796, t = .11, p > .05).
Conclusion: In the light of the findings, emotional development of the physically impaired children can be improved with the help of family support. The findings revealed salient demographic differences in perceived family among children.
Keywords: Perceived Family Support, Emotional Development, Physically Impaired Children