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The stress of caring among parents of children with psychiatric disorders and mental retardation.

World Health Organization
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  • Medicine
  • Psychology


This paper focuses on the psychological problems faced by parents of children who have psychiatric disturbances. A prospective study of parents who bring their children to the Psychiatry department of the Mayo Hospital reveals that 44% of the parents had anxiety related problems and 24% had depression. It has been suggested that the children's disturbance may be a consequence of the parent's problems and that the parents of these children need further attention and care.

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