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???metadata.dc.contributor.*???: Mr. Tigistu Gebreyohannis (RN, BSc, MSc.)
Dr Amsale Chere (MPH, PhD)
Helina Mekonnen
Keywords: Parental depression, cancer, parents
Issue Date: Jun-2017
Publisher: AAU 2017
Abstract: Background: Cancer affects all human kind involving all age groups and gender. When the disease occurs in children, parents are negatively influenced socially and psychologically leading them to the development of depression representing a group prone to high levels of depression. The period following their child’s diagnosis and the initiation of treatment may be stressful and disturbing leading them to depression. Objective: the aim of the study was to assess the prevalence of depression and its associated factors among parents of children diagnosed with cancer at Tikur Anbessa specialized Hospital. Methods: A mixed approach quantitative and qualitative cross-sectional study design was employed from April 1st to May 15th 2017. Systematic random sampling technique was used evolving 275 study participants for the quantitative part and participants for the qualitative part were included conveniently. Study subjects for the qualitative study were subjects who are not involved in the quantitative study. Structured interviewer guided instrument was used to gather information from study subjects for the quantitative part and an in-depth interview guide was used for the qualitative section. Descriptive statistics including, frequencies and proportions was employed to describe the sociodemographic characteristics Bivariate and multivariate analysis using Odds ratio was utilized to evaluate association between dependent and independent variables. P-value less than 0.05 was considered as level of significance for associations. Result: the prevalence of depression among parents of children diagnosed with cancer in this study was borderline depression, 7.3 %, moderate depression 6.2%, severe depression, 6.5 % and extreme severe depression 3.3%. Four variables showed statically significant association with parental depression which include, single parents {AOR=6.2; 95% CI (2.66-14.52) } , income greater than 4500 birr {AOR=0.34; 95% CI (0.02-0.87) }, no previous history of depression {AOR=0.18; 95% CI (0.07-0.43) } } and support source from insurance company {AOR=12.89; 95% CI (3.12-53.18) } are respectively. Conclusion and recommendation: parents of children diagnosed with cancer are at a greater risk of development of depression due to the fact that the disease is life threatening. Factors associated to the development of parental depression involves being single parenting, income, presence of history of depression and other support sources. Therefore, linking the parents to the support groups, psychosocial support from health care providers, governmental and nongovernmental organizations collaboration help to alleviate the condition.
Description: A Thesis Submitted to Addis Ababa University, College of Health Science, School of Allied Health Sciences, Department of Nursing and Midwifery for Partial Fulfillment of the Requirement for the Degree of Masters of Science in Oncology Nursing
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