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Determinants of State of Mental Health among Caregivers of Children with Disabilities

Paul Timileyin Kehinde1, Olufemi Timothy Adigun2,3,*, Gideon Kwesi Obosu4, Thanduxolo Peace Mngomezulu5

1 Department of Psychology, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, 200005, Nigeria
2 Department of Educational Foundations, National University of Lesotho, Maseru, 100, Lesotho
3 Open and Distance Education Research Unit, College of Education, University of South Africa, Pretoria, 0001, South Africa
4 Department of Education and Psychology, University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, 03321, Ghana
5 Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education, University of Zululand, KwaDlangezwa, 3886, South Africa

* Corresponding Authors: Olufemi Timothy Adigun. Email: email,email

International Journal of Mental Health Promotion 2023, 25(6), 721-734. https://doi.org/10.32604/ijmhp.2022.027105

Abstract

This study aimed to determine the association and predictive capacities of job satisfaction, workplace stress, work motivation, and self-esteem on state of mental health of caregivers of children with disabilities in South-West Nigeria. The self-determination theory provided a theoretical framework for the study. A closed-ended paper-pencil questionnaire tagged ‘Mental Healthiness Scale for Caregivers’ was used for data collection from 241 caregivers of children with disabilities. Data collected was analyzed using descriptive of frequency count, simple percentage and mean as well as inferential statistics involving Pearson product moment correlation and Binary Logistic Regression at 95% confidence interval. Findings revealed a significant but inverse association between self-esteem, workplace stress and mental health. Work motivation had a direct association with mental health while job satisfaction had no significant association with mental health of caregivers of children with disabilities. Caregivers (18–40 years) had the highest odds for mental health concerns. Lowered self-esteem and workplace stress increased mental health concerns while job satisfaction significantly predicted a higher likelihood for positive state of mental health among caregivers of children with disabilities.

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Kehinde, P. T., Adigun, O. T., Obosu, G. K., Mngomezulu, T. P. (2023). Determinants of State of Mental Health among Caregivers of Children with Disabilities. International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 25(6), 721–734.



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