Effectiveness of basic body awareness therapy on depression in parents of disabled children: A cross sectional study
Diksha Aage, M Sangeetha
Background: The parents of children with disability have behavioural problems and higher negative attitudes. This parental attitude affects the way their children with disability are treated. Also, there is much focus on treatment for disabled children but parental mental health is neglected one. Hence, there is a need to expand interest towards mental health of parents with disabled children and the parent-child relationship is primarily reliant on parental attitude and behaviour. Aim: To study the effectiveness of Basic body awareness therapy on depression in parents of disabled children. Method: 30 participants were selected on basis of selection criteria. All of them were assessed for depression using beck depression inventory scale (BDI- II) before and after 6 weeks of intervention. The Basic body awareness therapy (BBAT) was given for 90 minutes twice a week for 6 weeks. Results: The data of 28 parents who were having symptoms of borderline clinical depression, moderate depression and severe depression were analyzed using Graph Pad Instat Trial Version 13.3. The mean and standard deviation of BDI- II score Pre and post intervention were 29.49 ± 7.86, 3.14 ± 2.52 respectively. It was found that this difference was extremely significant with p value <0.0001 and t- value 16.96 at 27degrees of freedom. Conclusion: Basic Body Awareness Therapy can be effectively used as psycho physiotherapeutic tool to reduce depression in parents of disabled children.