RELIGIOSITY AND DEPRESSION IN MOTHERS OF CHILDREN WITH CEREBRAL PALSY: CORRELATION ANALYSIS

Abstract

Author(s): Senad MEHMEDINOVI, Edina ŠARI, Azem POLJI, Vesna BRATOVI and Asmira MUJANOVI*

The aim of this study was to evaluate the depression and religiosity of mothers of children with cerebral palsy, and to determine correlation between religiosity and depression with Pearson correlation coefficient. The survey included sample of 52 mothers of children with cerebral palsy, average age 36 ± 9.7 years, which are involved in educational and rehabilitative treatment in Center for Children with Multiple Disabilities “Koraci nade”, in Tuzla. Quantitative measurement of depression was done with Zunge Self – Rating Depression Scale (Zung, 1965), which items are designed on the basis of diagnostic criteria, and are commonly used to characterize depressive disorders. To assess religiosity a Short Scale of Religiosity (Bezinovi, 2004) was used which consists of five items and is formulated so that respondents estimate the frequency of their own religious experience or religious cognition. The results showed a mild depression in mothers of children with cerebral palsy, high level of religiosity and absence of correlation between religiosity and depression. Insignificant correlation implies use of unique measuring instrument based on the multidimensional assessment of religiosity

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