Objective: In this study, it is aimed to investigate the death anxiety and state-trait anxiety levels of mothers of diabled children and compare them with mothers of non-disabled children. It was thought that the data obtained from the study will contribute to the planning of services provided to the families of children with disabilities.
Method: The sample group consist of 80 mothers of disabled children in the rehabilitation and special education centers in Gaziantep province and 78 mothers of non-disabled children, 158 mothers in total. In the study, convenience sampling method is preferred. Sociodemographic information form, Abdel-Khalek Death Anxiety Scale and State-Trait Anxiety Inventory are used as assessment tools.
Findings: As a result of the research, it is determined that mothers of disabled children have statistically significantly higher scores on "fear related to other situations reminding death" subscale of the Abdel-Khalek Death Anxiety Scale than those of mothers of non-disabled children. Similarly, mothers of disabled children have significantly higher state and trait anxiety levels.
Conclusion: Mothers of disabled children have higher death anxiety and state-trait anxiety levels than mothers of non-disabled children. When we interpreted this result as having a disabled child increases the psychological burden of mothers; It can be thought that the psychological support of mothers with disabled children will make the care they give to their children more qualified and consequently increase the quality of life of children and family.
Key words: Disabled, mother, death anxiety, state anxiety, trait anxiety
Disabled, mother, death anxiety, state anxiety, trait anxiety.
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