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Depression - Part II

05-Mar-2018 12:30 13:15
Abstract: PW0589
Depression Among Parents of Children Diagnosed With Rare Diseases

Introduction. Depression among parents of children with rare diseases represents an important factor that influence quality of life of pediatric patients.

Objectives. The aim of the study is to identify the level of depression among parents with children diagnosed with three rare diseases: phenylketonuria, cystic fibrosis and hypothyroidism.

Methods. A number of 29 parents (23 mothers and 6 fathers) were included in the research. The parents had to answer to the items of Beck Depression Inventory. Socio-demographic data and medical information about the disease of their children were also registered. Descriptive, comparative and correlational analysis were realized using the program SPSS Statistics v23.0.0 for MAC.OSX.

Results. Parents are aged between 18 and 56 (M = 34.44 ± 9.34). The mothers are younger (M = 33.08 ± 9.29) than fathers (M = 39.66 ± 8.18). More than half of the families (51.7%) live in urban area. Mothers score higher on depression compared to fathers (t (27) = 2.472, p = .020). Variables like type of chronic disease, parents’ age or their level of education do not influence depression scores. The results showed positive significant correlations between the levels of parents’ depression or child’s age and the time passed from the diagnostic. We found that the older the child is or the longer the period from the diagnostic is, the more depressed the parents are.

Conclusions. The results obtained are important for constructing personalized psychotherapies for children and their families in order to offer suitable support for enhanced quality of life

M. Iorga 1, C. Munteanu 2, C. Domdas 1, D. Muraru 1, S. Drochioi 3, D.T. Anton-Paduraru 3
1University of Medicine and Pharmacy "Grigore T. Popa", Behavioral Sciences, Iasi, Romania
2"Gr. T. Popa" University of Medicine and Pharmacy, General Medicine, Iasi, Romania
3University of Medicine and Pharmacy "Grigore T. Popa", Mother and Child, Iasi, Romania