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JIAAP July 2022
Depression and Coping Strategies amongst Mothers of Children with Cerebral Palsy
Priyanka and Habibullah Ansari
Children with cerebral palsy face multiple disabilities throughout their lives. So, the families, especially the mothers go through many physical, mental and social health issues due to which cognitive abilities and coping skills of those mothers are affected. The purpose of this study was to determine the level of depression and coping strategies amongst mothers of children with cerebral palsy (CP) and to suggest proper intervention plan to achieve mental health of those mothers. In order to take care of mothers, it is very important to investigate their mental health and coping skills so that they can be offered support in time and mental health of those mothers can be saved. A study was conducted involving total 30 mothers of children with CP aged 1-12 years, who had attended Paediatrics Department and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PMR) of Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Patna. A Socio-demographic data sheet, Beck Depression Inventory-2 Hindi version (BDI-2) and Coping Strategy Scale were administered. BDI scores were found to be significantly high among mothers and were strongly correlated with the coping skills adopted by them.