Psychological Distress in Mothers of Speech Impaired Children (A Comparative Study)

Author: Shahneela Anwar Taj

Supervisor: Ms. Afsheen Masood

Degree: M.Sc

Year: 2007-2009

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The present research is conducted to investigate the depression and anxiety in mothers of speech impaired children with reference to gender of the child. The research would be laid out through Ex Post Facto (causal comparative). It was hypothesized that depression and anxiety of female children would be higher than that of male speech impaired children (N=50) i.e. mothers of female speech impaired children (n=25) and mothers of male speech impaired children (n=25).The sample was taken from the Hamza Foundation (the institute of deaf and dumb school) Lahore. Those speech impaired children who have co morbid disability will be excluded from the sample. The urdu version of General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-28) was used to estimate the level of depression and anxiety with the permission of author. The Likert Scoring system was applied. Independent sample t test was used to find the difference between the males and females’ mothers’ psychological distress i.e. anxiety and depression. The findings showed that mothers of female speech impaired children are more prone to anxiety and depression than male speech impaired children.

Keywords: Depression, Anxiety, Psychological distress, Impaired children

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