International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 4, Issue 11, Part A (2018)
The effectiveness of gestalt therapy on anxiety and coping ability of caregivers of intellectually deficient children
Gestalt therapy is concerned with, and focussed on, the present and aims to enhance personal growth, expand self-awareness, accept responsibility for one is and what one is doing and enable one to make choices. Gestalt therapy focuses on experiencing the integration of cognitive, emotional and physiological components of an individual. It also help to maintain good mental health and sense of wellbeing. Therefore a pre experimental study was used to assess the effectiveness of gestalt therapy on the level of anxiety and coping ability among caregiver of intellectually deficient children of selected special school of Indore. One group pre-test post-test research design was adopted.15 caregivers were selected using purposive sampling technique. Pre-test was conducted to assess anxiety and coping ability by using Beck anxiety scale and carvers cope situation format inventory respectively. Post-test was also conducted by using the same tool. Statistical analyses revealed that there was negative correlation (r= - 0.206) between anxiety and coping ability which is significant at the level of p≤0.05 among caregivers. Which showed increase in the level of anxiety among caregivers with the reduction of the level of coping ability and vice versa. The ‘t’ test value between pre interventional and post interventional anxiety score (’t’ =7.61) was significant at the level of p ≤ 0.05 which revealed the effectiveness of gestalt therapy on anxiety The mean anxiety score was 34.46 at pre-test which had decreased to 17.93 at post-test This reveals the effectiveness of gestalt therapy for improving anxiety of caregivers. The statistical analysis revealed a significant difference (’t’ =15.31) among pre-test and post-test score of coping ability at the level of. p≤ 0.001.The mean pre-test score of coping was76.06 which had increase to176.93 at post-test. This finding showed the effectiveness of gestalt therapy on the coping ability of caregivers.
How to cite this article:
Chandrika Das. The effectiveness of gestalt therapy on anxiety and coping ability of caregivers of intellectually deficient children. International Journal of Applied Research. 2018; 4(11): 21-27.