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Research & Investigations in Sports Medicine

Evaluating the Burden of Caregivers in Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder in Indian Context

  • Open or Close Ganapathy Sankar U1 and Monisha R2*

    1 Professor, SRM College of Occupational Therapy, India

    2 Assistant Professor, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, India

    *Corresponding author: Monisha R, Assistant Professor, SRM College of Physiotherapy, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai, India

Submission: August 25, 2018; Published: October 15, 2018

DOI: 10.31031/RISM.2018.04.000580

ISSN: 2577-1914
Volume4 Issue1


Introduction: Children with DCD faces complex hindrance in self-care functions and in all the activities of daily living. Caregiver is parent or the sole guardian, who took part in the growth and wellness of children with developmental coordination disorder. Objective: Objective of the study is to assess the caregiver’s burden in handling children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD).

Methodology: A convenience sample of 10 children with DCD (6 girls and 4 boys) was enrolled. Previous researchers have documented that caregivers of children with developmental disability ends with depression. Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) was used to identify the psychological impact of caregivers of these children with DCD

Discussion: For the development and care of child with DCD, there is a need for maximum care and attention when compared to the care provided for the children of normally developing age. However, their exist a hypothesis that most parents adapt to the caring process of the children with coordination disorder. Care givers well-being and general health were not given importance and in daily routine they experience fatigue and boredom

Conclusion: Caregivers of children with DCD experience a burden and there is a need for psychological counselling and relaxation training and further studies are planned to follow up these parents of children with DCD to devise appropriate treatment protocol and therapeutic intervention

Keywords: Caregivers; Burden; DCD; CHQ-50; BDI

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