The purpose of this research was to determine depression levels in parents of children hospitalized in the intensive
care unit and to identify any variation between maternal and paternal depression levels.
Method: The study was performed with 25 mothers and fathers of patients hospitalized between February and April
2015 in the Gaziantep University Faculty of Medicine Hospital, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. The Beck Depression
Inventory was used to evaluate the parents' depression levels.
Results: The mothers and fathers of 25 patients were included in the study. The mean age of the patients was 61.2 ±
53.8 months (range, 3-172 months). Nineteen (76%) of patients had poor socioeconomic status, 4 (16%) had average
socioeconomic status, and 2 (8%) had good status. The mean Beck Depression Inventory score was 17.9 ± 11.1 among
mothers and 17.1±9.95 among fathers. No correlation was determined between socioeconomic status and maternal or
paternal depression level (p= 0.64 and p= 0.77, respectively). Similarly, there was no correlation between education
level and maternal or paternal levels of depression (p= 0.37 and p= 0.77).
Conclusion: Depression levels in both mothers and fathers of children hospitalized in the pediatric intensive care unit are
significantly higher than those of the normal population. This study might now be repeated with wider patient groups.
This study reveals the need for mothers and fathers of patients to be given psychological counseling and psychiatric