Effectiveness of a stress-relief initiative for primary caregivers of adolescents with intellectual disability

Jung Hu, Jin Ding Lin, Chia Feng Yen, Ching Hui Loh, Shang Wei Hsu, Lan Ping Lin, Sheng Ru Wu

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Abstract

Background This study provides a perspective on the mental health status and analyses the effectiveness of a stress-relief program for primary caregivers of adolescents with intellectual disability (ID). Method Seventy-seven primary caregivers of people with ID were recruited (intervention group, n = 31; non-intervention group, n = 46) to the study, which involved participation in one stress management workshop (intervention group only) and both groups reading an education booklet on stress management. Results We found that 22.1% of caregivers in the study were at high risk of depressive stress and in need of mental health consultation; this prevalence was nearly six times that of the general population. The effectiveness of mental health initiatives resulted in a significant reduction in depressive stress for the intervention group. ConclusionsThe study highlights that a "face-to-face" workshop is an effective way to decrease levels of depressive stress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-35
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Caregiver
  • Depression
  • Intellectual disability
  • Mental health
  • Taiwanese Depression Questionnaire (TDQ)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology(all)

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Effectiveness of a stress-relief initiative for primary caregivers of adolescents with intellectual disability. / Hu, Jung; Lin, Jin Ding; Yen, Chia Feng; Loh, Ching Hui; Hsu, Shang Wei; Lin, Lan Ping; Wu, Sheng Ru.

In: Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Vol. 35, No. 1, 01.03.2010, p. 29-35.

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Hu, Jung ; Lin, Jin Ding ; Yen, Chia Feng ; Loh, Ching Hui ; Hsu, Shang Wei ; Lin, Lan Ping ; Wu, Sheng Ru. / Effectiveness of a stress-relief initiative for primary caregivers of adolescents with intellectual disability. In: Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability. 2010 ; Vol. 35, No. 1. pp. 29-35.
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