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Depression and Anxiety among Parents of Children with Disabilities:  A Case Study from Indian Society & Developing World  

Dr. Manish Kumar Baghla HOD, Associate Professor of Psychology, Tantia University, Sriganganagar, India  

Journal Title:Tantia University Journal of Homoeopathy and Medical Science

The current study aimed to find out the relationship between depression and anxiety among parents of children with disabilities and to compare the parent’s depression and anxiety with the type of disability among children from Indian society & Developing world. Sample was comprised of 80 parents among which 58.12% were mothers and 41.875% were fathers having one or more disabled children with the age range of 4-18 years. Purposive sampling technique was used to select the sample. Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale, DASS (Lovibond & Lovibond, 1998 ) with 42 items was used. Pearson Product moment correlation was used to find the relation among depression, and anxiety. Independent sample t-test was used for comparison among parents having children with different disabilities. The results of this study showed that a highly significant positive correlation was found between depression and anxiety with (r =.833, p<.01) A significant difference was found on depression subscale of DASS among parents with disabled boys than disabled girls with t(158)=2.301,p<0.01. Key word:  Anxiety, Depression, Disabilities, Parents