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Original Article
A descriptive study on the depression, anxiety, and stress levels of mothers with autistic children
Aims: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a condition that profoundly impacts a child’s life and has significant effects on the mothers, particularly the primary caregivers.
Methods: This descriptive study aims to examine the levels of depression, anxiety, and stress among mothers of children registered at an autism center in Iraq. The research was conducted between September 2022 and May 2023 at the Dhi Qar Autism Center Autism Center in Iraq, with the participation of 218 mothers. Data for the study were collected using a Personal Information Form and the Depression Anxiety Stress Scale.
Results: The findings revealed that the majority of participants were 40 years old and above, had two children, possessed literacy skills, and struggled to meet their financial needs. Mothers were found to experience high levels of depression, very high levels of anxiety, and moderate levels of stress. Furthermore, a strong positive correlation was identified between depression and anxiety (r=0.647, p<0.001), while a weak positive correlation was observed between depression and stress (r=0.219, p=0.001).
Conclusion: Based on these results, it is recommended that healthcare professionals provide mothers with therapeutic, preventive, and mental health-enhancing support. The study underscores the importance of addressing the mental health challenges faced by mothers of children with autism

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