Mental distress in mothers of child psychiatric patients

Ehsan Syed, Saman Iqbal Zuberi

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Objective: To determine whether caring for a child with mental health issues could lead to mental distress among mothers. Design: Cross-sectional study. Place and Duration: Outpatient Clinics of The Aga Khan University Hospital and PNS Shifa Hospital, Karachi, from January to June 2005. Patients and Methods: A total of 238 consecutive mothers bringing their children to child psychiatric and pediatric clinics were recruited over a 6-month period. As per inclusion criteria, 106 mothers of child psychiatric patients were compared to 132 mothers taken from pediatric clinics. They were asked to fill out a psychiatric screening instrument (WHO SRQ-20). Mothers' mental distress (score ≥10 on SRQ-20) and other potential risk or protective factors were measured. Results: Mental distress among mothers determined by WHO SRQ-20 was associated with their child attending a psychiatric clinic (odds ratio 2.51, 95% confidence interval 1.38 - 4.51). This association remained significant for age of mother being less than 30 years. No significant association was found with the number of children and duration of marriage. Conclusion: Mental distress among mothers is associated with the child having psychiatric problems. These mothers may represent a group who are at higher risk of depression. Early recognition and treatment of mental health problems in mothers may help reduce psychiatric morbidity in children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)416-419
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons--Pakistan : JCPSP
Volume16
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2006

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Child Psychiatry
Mothers
Psychiatry
Mental Health
Pediatrics
Ambulatory Care Facilities
Marriage
Cross-Sectional Studies
Odds Ratio
Confidence Intervals
Depression
Morbidity

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Mental distress in mothers of child psychiatric patients. / Syed, Ehsan; Zuberi, Saman Iqbal.

In: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons--Pakistan : JCPSP, Vol. 16, No. 6, 06.2006, p. 416-419.

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