Vol. 6, Issue 2 (2019)
Psychological Distress in parents of physically disabled and intellectually disabled children: A survey study
Author(s): Dr. Sneha K Buttepatil, Dr. Keerthi Rao, Dr. Nilashri Naik
Abstract: Title: Psychological Distress in parents of physically disabled and intellectually disabled children: A survey study. Background: Parents are not at all be expecting or thinking about disabled children, but if they face such condition in their lives, generally encounter many emotional problems. Transitions between infancy to adulthood have a strong impact on a family and if it is with a disabled child then parents frequently suffer with more pressure, stress and demands. It was noted that, the parents who did not come for regular Physiotherapy or were absent for most of a days in month gave reason for absenteeism as suffering from psychological illness or depression. Objective: To assess psychological distress in parents of physically and intellectually disabled children. Methodology: A 300 participants of age ranging from 25 years - 35 years were included in the study, out of which 186 participants were parents of physically disabled and 114 were parents of intellectually disabled children. The participants were explained about the study. Psychological distress was assessed using Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) scale. Analysis was done. Sampling design: Convenient sampling. Result: Result of this study stated that, there is extremely significant difference in group of parents of physically disabled and intellectually disabled children i.e. they are suffering from psychological distress. Conclusion: Psychological distress was present in both parents of physically disabled and intellectually disabled children but more present in parents of physically disabled children.