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Prevalence of depression in mothers of children suffering from psychiatric and physical disorders

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H Perera ,

Professor, Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Colombo, LK
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CDK Mudalige,

Senior Registrar, Psychiatry, University of Colombo, LK
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HMPP Karunaweera,

Senior Registrar, Psychiatry, University of Colombo, LK
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K Wanigasinghe,

Medical Officer, Psychiatry, University of Colombo, LK
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VI Dharmawardena,

Senior Registrar, Psychiatry, University of Colombo, LK
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H Jayasekara,

Registrar, Psychiatry, University of Colombo, LK
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K Ratnayake

Registrar, Psychiatry, University of Colombo, LK
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Abstract

Background Adverse impact of child mental disorders on the mental health of mothers is reported from other parts of the world but data is not from South Asia.

Objectives To study the prevalence of depression among mothers seeking help for mental disorders in their children and compare it with that of mothers whose children are receiving treatment for physical disorders.

Method Depression in mothers was assessed using self-rating and observer-rating standardized scales. The opinions of mothers regarding sensitivity to child and sense of behaviour control were also assessed.

Results Prevalence in both groups of mothers was twice that of adult women in the community with regard to moderate and severe depression. Proportionately more mothers with mentally disordered children felt less sensitive towards the child, less in control of behaviour, and less supported by others when compared to those with physically disordered children.

Conclusions Mothers of mentally disordered children should be screened for depression, stress and poor coping.  

Key words: depression, stress, mothers, mental disorders, physical disorders

DOI = 10.4038/sljch.v37i2.94

Sri Lanka Journal of Child Health, 2008; 37: 42-7

How to Cite: Perera, H., Mudalige, C., Karunaweera, H., Wanigasinghe, K., Dharmawardena, V., Jayasekara, H. and Ratnayake, K., 2008. Prevalence of depression in mothers of children suffering from psychiatric and physical disorders. Sri Lanka Journal of Child Health, 37(2), pp.42–47. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljch.v37i2.94
Published on 25 Sep 2008.
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