ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION IN MOTHERS OF DISABLED AND NON-DISABLED CHILDREN

Authors

  • Nosheen Ramzan
  • Khaula Minhas

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.21649/akemu.v20i4.680

Abstract

Abstract

Objectives:  To find the prevalence of anxiety and depression in mothers of disabled and non-disabled children and to find the association of anxiety and depression with demographic characteristics in district Sheikhupura.

Method:  A cross sectional comparative study was conducted to find differences in the level of anxiety and depression in both groups of mothers i.e. among mothers of disabled and non-disabled children. A con-venient sampling technique was used to select 340 mothers belonging to both groups (n = 170 in each group). Urdu version of Hospital Anxiety and Depres-sion Scale (HADS) was used to assess anxiety and depression in mothers. Data was analyzed using ANC-OVA (SPSS version 17).

Results:  The Results of ANCOVA revealed statisti-cally significant differences (p < .001) in the level of anxiety and depression in both groups of mothers.

Ramzan N.1

M.Phil Psychology

Government Special Education Centre, 142 - Asif Park, Main GT Road, Ferozwala, District Sheikhupura, Punjab, Pakistan

Minhas K.2

Masters in Special Education

Government Special Education Centre, 142 - Asif Park, Main GT Road, Ferozwala, District Sheikhupura, Punjab, Pakistan

Majority of mothers (78%) belonging to children with disability had anxiety. Only 52% mothers belonging to non-disabled children had anxiety. Similarly, as com-pared to 46% mothers of non-disabled children, 76% mothers belonging to children with disability had dep-ression. Correlation analysis revealed a significantly positive relationship of anxiety and depression with mothers' age (p < .05) and statistically significant in-verse relationship with disabled child's age, mothers' educational (p < .01) and family income status.

Conclusion:  As the disabled child advances in age, mother better understands the demands of raising a disabled child and thus can cope with these demands affectively and with lesser anxiety. Implications of the study would assist psychologists in devising techni-ques for reducing level of anxiety and depression in mothers of disabled children.

Key words:  Anxiety, Depression, Children with dis-abilities

How to Cite

Ramzan, N., & Minhas, K. (1). ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION IN MOTHERS OF DISABLED AND NON-DISABLED CHILDREN. Annals of King Edward Medical University, 20(4), 313. https://doi.org/10.21649/akemu.v20i4.680

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