Stress Among Parents Having Epileptic Children...Aswani n yachna
STRESS AMONG PARENTS WITH EPILEPTIC CHILDREN Aswani Yatheendran and Yachna Pradhan , MSW 2nd Year, Christ University,Dr. Sheeja Remani B Karalam, Associate Professor, Christ University Bangalore
Introduction Stress is a feeling thats created when we react to particular events. Its the bodys way of rising to a challenge and preparing to meet a tough situation with focus, strength, stamina, and heightened alertness. Stress is defined as any physical or emotional demand that you feel unable to handle.
Parental Stress is a set of process that lead to aversive psychological and physiological reactions arising from attempts to adapt to the demands of parenthood. (Deckhard,2004) Parental stress is defined as a stress resulting from parental dysfunctional behaviors or behavioral characteristics of the child. (Abidin,1995)
All parents experience stress and difficulties at times, but raising children with special needs often face additional and unique challenges in care giving. Epilepsy/seizures affects normal routine.
Objective: To analyse the stress level of the parents with children having epilepsy.
Hypothesis H1: There is a significant difference in the stress level of fathers and mothers with children having epilepsy. Ho: There is no significant difference in the stress level of fathers and mothers with children having epilepsy
Methodology Universe: Parents with children of age 10-15yrs undergoing treatment for epilepsy from the past 5yrs. Sample: 20 fathers and 20 mothers. Parental stress scale
Result and findings: The data was collected from 40 parents i.e., 20 mothers and 20 fathers. And another inclusion criterion was those parents of children with epilepsy and also who was undergoing treatment from the past 5 years in “X” private hospital. This study has revealed that there is a significant difference between the stress level amongst fathers and mothers of children with epilepsy.
Group Statistics Sex N Mean Std.Deviation t sigStress1(mother) 20 62.7000 3.97492 -2.159 .0372(father) 20 65.2500 3.47737 -2.159 .037
Conclusion The conclusion of my study is fathers with children having epilepsy deals with higher amount of stress level compared to mothers. Studies supports the stress that fathers experience when caring for a child with epilepsy. The results give insight into the unique family stress that fathers experience as a result of the interaction between the social context of a child with epilepsy and the familys coping patterns (Pei-Fan Mu, 2005).
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