Objectives: to determine the association between the social participation of the children with disabilities and the satisfaction of their parents with it.
Methods: a cross-sectional study was conducted in eighty 5 to 13 years-old children (9±2.7 years) with disabilities, who lived in the metropolitan area of Bucaramanga and conveniently selected. The life-habit scale assessment was used. Spearman’s correlation coefficient was estimated (p).
Results: the global scoring of social participation was 6±2.3 and of the satisfaction of the parents with their children’s social participation was 3.6±0.7. The habit with the highest correlation coefficient was communication (p= 0.83) and that with the lowest coefficient was personal relationships (p= 0.44). In the global scoring, a very good correlation was found between the social participation and the satisfaction of the parents with this participation (p= 0.82)
Conclusions: at the time of putting forward objectives and treatments, both the social participation and the satisfaction of parents with it should be taken into consideration jointly rather than separately.
Key words: MHAVIDA, life habits, social participation, satisfaction of parents.