Revista Paulista de Pediatria
Print version ISSN 0103-0582
MARX, Catherine; RODRIGUES, Erica Masruha; RODRIGUES, Marcelo Masruha and VILANOVA, Luiz Celso P. Depression, anxiety and daytime sleepiness of primary caregivers of children with cerebral palsy. Rev. paul. pediatr. [online]. 2011, vol.29, n.4, pp. 483-488. ISSN 0103-0582. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0103-05822011000400003.
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate depression, anxiety and excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) levels in primary caregivers of children with cerebral palsy (CCP) and to trace the relationships with their socioeconomic conditions and child neurological characteristics, as compared with caregivers of typical children (CTC). METHODS: 45 CCP and 50 CTC were randomly chosen and answered a semi-structured questionnaire. We evaluated EDS on the Epworth scale. Beck depression inventory (BDI) and the state-trait anxiety inventory (STAI) identified depressive and anxious symptoms, respectively. RESULTS: The majority of subjects were mothers with low socioeconomic level. Self-perception of anxiety and depressive symptoms of CCP were confirmed through BDI and STAI. EDS was statistically related to high levels of depression. Children's disabilities did not influence the results. CONCLUSIONS: Depression, anxiety symptoms and sleep disruption were common in CCP. Child functional level did not influence the results.
Keywords : cerebral palsy; caregivers; depression; anxiety; somnolence.