The Prevalence of Depression among Family Caregivers of Children with Intellectual Disability in a Rural Setting in Kenya
Mbugua Margaret Njeri.
Kuria Mary W.
Ndetei David M.
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Caregivers of children with intellectual disability have a great responsibility that may be stressful. The psychological well-being of the care giver may aﬀect the quality of care given to children with intellectual disability. Objective. The objective of the study was to determine the risk of depression in care givers of children with intellectual disability.Setting.The study was conducted at Gachie Catholic Parish, Archdiocese of Nairobi (Kenya). Design. Cross sectional, descriptive study. Method. The study was conducted among 114 caregivers registered at the Gachie Parish program (in Kenya) for the intellectual disabled children. A researcher-designed social demographic questionnaire and the Beck depression inventory were administered to those that met the inclusion criteria. Results. Seventy-nine percent (79%) of the caregivers were at risk of clinical depression. Conclusion. Majority of the care givers of children with intellectual disability were at risk of developing clinical depression.
CitationInternational Journal of Family Medicine Volume2011,Article ID 534513,5pages doi:10.1155/2011/534513
1 Department of Psychiatry, University of Nairobi,Department of Psychiatry, University of Nairobi and Africa Mental Health Foundation
- Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS)