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International Journal of Family Medicine
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 534513, 5 pages
Research Article

The Prevalence of Depression among Family Caregivers of Children with Intellectual Disability in a Rural Setting in Kenya

1Department of Psychiatry, University of Nairobi, P.O. BOX 365-00621, Village Market, Nairobi, Kenya
2Department of Psychiatry, University of Nairobi and Africa Mental Health Foundation, P.O. BOX 48423-00100, Nairobi, Kenya

Received 1 December 2010; Revised 16 May 2011; Accepted 9 August 2011

Academic Editor: Jacqueline Small

Copyright © 2011 Margaret Njeri Mbugua et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Caregivers of children with intellectual disability have a great responsibility that may be stressful. The psychological well-being of the care giver may affect the quality of care given to children with intellectual disability. Objective. The objective of the study was to determine the risk of depression in caregivers of children with intellectual disability. Setting. The study was conducted at Gachie Catholic Parish, Archdiocese of Nairobi (Kenya). Design. Cross sectional, descriptive study. Method. The study was conducted among 114 caregivers registered at the Gachie Parish program (in Kenya) for the intellectual disabled children. A researcher-designed social demographic questionnaire and the Beck depression inventory were administered to those that met the inclusion criteria. Results. Seventy-nine percent (79%) of the caregivers were at risk of clinical depression. Conclusion. Majority of the caregivers of children with intellectual disability were at risk of developing clinical depression.