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Journal of the Korean Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine 2001;25(6):941-947.
Depression and Anxiety in Mothers of Children with Cerebral Palsy.
Kim, Hye Won , Ko, Young Jin , Lee, Be Na , Lee, Kyung Ah , Choi, Yun Jung
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Korea.
뇌성마비 환자 어머니의 우울 및 불안
김혜원, 고영진, 이베나, 이경아, 최윤정
가톨릭대학교 의과대학 재활의학교실
Abstract

Objective
To estimate the level of depression, anxiety and self consciousness in mothers of cerebral palsy (CP) children according to the clinical type and family type.


Method
39 mothers of CP children and 42 mothers of normal children (control) completed Beck Depression Inventory, State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, Ego strength scale and Family Adaptation and Cohesion Evaluation Scale. The data were statistically analyzed. There were no significant differences in mother's age, children's age and monthly income between the CP mothers and control.


Results
Mothers of CP children showed significantly higher level of BDI and State anxiety (p<0.05), but there were no significant differences in the Trait anxiety. There were no differences in the BDI and State-Trait Anxiety Inventory according to the clinical severity and duration of CP children. There were no difference in BDI and State-Trait Anxiety Inventory according to the family adaptation and cohesion.


Conclusion
It is necessary to consider emotional problem of mothers with cerebral palsy children and support psychologically in comprehensive rehabilitation.

Key Words: Cerebral palsy mothers, Depression, Anxiety


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