Depression among parents of children and adolescents psychiatric patients at Songkhla hospital




Objective : To determine the prevalence and associated factors of depression among parents of  children and adolescents psychiatric patients at Songkhla hospital.

Method : A cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted in 136 patients with psychopathology aged  2-18 years old and their parents who attended child and adolescent psychiatry outpatient clinic at Songkhla hospital during 15 February-15 March 2020. Demographic of parents and their children together with illness history were collected. Thai version of Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) was used to assess the prevalence of depression in parents.

Result : 24 of 136 parents (17.6%) of children and adolescents psychiatric patients had depression. Most of the parents were female (N=131, 96.3%) with the mean age of 40.7 years, and most of them were mother of the patients (88.2%). The mean age of the patients was 10.4 years. Logistic regression analyses indicated that the statistically significant risk factors associated with depression in parents are: intellectual disability in patients (adjusted OR = 5.54, p = 0.005), and borderline to dull normal IQ in patients (adjusted OR = 5.91, p = 0.015).

Conclusion : The prevalence of depression among parents of children and adolescents psychiatric patients was 17.6%, and associated factors were intellectual disability and borderline to dull normal IQ in patients.

 Keywords : depression, parents, child and adolescent psychiatric patients, associated factors


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How to Cite
SUWANNO, P. (2021). Depression among parents of children and adolescents psychiatric patients at Songkhla hospital. Journal of the Psychiatric Association of Thailand, 65(3), 289-300. Retrieved from