Advances in Applied Psychology
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Advances in Applied Psychology, Vol.1, No.1, Aug. 2015, Pub. Date: Jul. 21, 2015
The Prevalence of Depressive Symptoms Among Caregivers of Children with Mental Disorders Drawn at Kenyatta National Hospital
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Authors
[01] Otieno Mary Anyango, Department of Psychiatry, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya.
[02] Obondo Anne, Department of Psychiatry, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya.
[03] Kang’ethe Rachel, Department of Psychiatry, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya.
Abstract
Care giving to children suffering from mental disorders places emotional demands on the caregivers. This may lead to the development of depressive symptoms in the caregivers, which in turn may affect the quality of care that they give to the children. Objective: The objective of the study was to determine the prevalence of depressive symptoms among caregivers of children with mental disorders. Setting: The study was conducted at the child psychiatry and youth clinics of Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya. Method: A cross sectional descriptive study. The participants were 176 caregivers whose children attended the child psychiatry and youth clinics of Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya. Data was collected using the researcher designed socio demographic questionnaire and Beck’s Depression Inventory. Results: The mean age was 45.5 years, (76.1 %) were female. Most of the participants were married (64.2%), had secondary level of education (46.6 %), and were employed (59.1%). Clinical depression was at (56.2%).The study found a correlation between clinical depression among caregivers and gender (p=0.007). Conclusion: Caregivers of children with mental disorders are more likely than the general public to have clinical depression. Routine screening of caregivers at the clinics can provide opportunities for early detection of depressive symptoms and intervention.
Keywords
Mental disorder, Beck’s Depression Inventory, Depressive Symptoms, Depression, Clinical Depression
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