Indian Journal of Health Social Work
FAMILY BURDEN AMONG CAREGIVERS OF CHILDREN WITH MENTAL RETARDATION AND EPILEPSY
Niku Jha1, Manisha Kiran2, Vishmita3
1Ex. M. Phil ( PSW) Student , Department of Psychiatric Social Work, Ranchi Institute of Neuro-
Psychiatry and Allied Sciences, Ranchi, 2Head of department, Department of Psychiatric Social
Work, Ranchi Institute of Neuro-Psychiatry and Allied Sciences, Ranchi, 3 Ph.D Scholar, Department
of Psychiatric Social Work, Ranchi Institute of Neuro-Psychiatry and Allied Sciences, Ranchi
Correspondence: Vishmita, e-mail id: firstname.lastname@example.org
Background: A child born into family is usually received with joy and considered a blessing but when the child is handicapped the feeling are mixed. Accepting a child with mental retardation becomes difficult for parents and to the whole family particularly when competence and achievement are very much valued in modern world.
Aim:The aim of the present study was to assess burden of care between the caregivers of children with mental retardation and epilepsy.
Materials and Methods: Present study was a cross sectional hospital based study. Purposive sampling was used to select sample which included 60 caregivers. Out of these 30 of caregiver’s having children diagnosed with mental retardation and 30 caregiver’s having children with epilepsy were taken in the present study. Socio- demographic & clinical datasheet and family burden interview schedule were used for the assessment.
Results: Findings overall indicates that caregivers of children with mental retardation differs significantly on various domains of family burden interview schedule with caregivers of children with epilepsy.Conclusion:Finding of the present study concludes that caregivers of children with mental retardation had perceived more burden as compared to caregiver of children with epilepsy.
Keywords: Mental retardation, epilepsy, caregivers, family burden.
ISSN: 2582-1393 (Online)