This research study examined the relationship between family cohesion and depression in mothers and fathers of children with disabilities. One hundred and six two-parent families who had a child with a disability provided information on their feelings of cohesion through Bloom's cohesion subscale and depression through the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression scale (CES-D). Analyses indicated that mothers and fathers of this sample are not significantly more depressed than the general population. However, there was a correlation between mothers' and fathers' depression, indicating that when mothers' depression increased, fathers' depression increased. Negative correlations were found between mothers' and fathers' self-reported levels of cohesion and depression indicating that when there were high levels of depression there were low levels of cohesion. Limitations, implications, and further research ideas are presented.
College and Department
David O. McKay School of Education; Counseling Psychology and Special Education
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Giauque, Amy Leigh, "Relationships between Cohesion and Depression in Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities" (2005). All Theses and Dissertations. 704.
family cohesion, depression, children with developmental disabilities, mothers, fathers