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

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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