Risk factors underlying depressive symptoms among parents/primary care providers of kids with autism spectrum disorder: A study from Muscat, Oman

Muna Alshekaili, Naser Al-Balushi, A. Mohammed, Hassan Mirza, Salim Al-Huseini, Manal Al-Balushi, Sathiya Murthi Panchatcharam, Sangeetha Mahadevan, Nasser Al-Sibani, Yahya M. Al-Farsi, Samir Al-Adawi*

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Abstract

Aim: To explore the prevalence and correlates of depressive symptoms among parents/primary care providers of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Design and Methods: A cross-sectional analytical study was conducted among a systematic random sample of parents/caregivers of children with diagnosis of ASD in Muscat, Oman. Depressive symptoms were quantified using the Patient Health Questionnaire-9. Findings: The response rate was at 86% (n = 80) and the prevalence of depressive symptoms, at 71.3% (95% confidence interval, 60.5-80.1). Logistic regression analyses indicated that unemployment and being the sole parent/caregiver in the family were both significant correlates of depressive symptoms. Practice Implications: With an increase in the number of children being diagnosed with ASD, multidimensional preventive and remedial service programs for parents/caregivers will be essential.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)600-606
Number of pages7
JournalPerspectives in Psychiatric Care
Volume55
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2019

Keywords

  • child/adolescent
  • coping
  • depression
  • family/marital
  • international

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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