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This study aims to examine the depression levels of mothers during the diagnosis and treatment of their 3-12 year old children with leukemia. The study has been conducted on 65 mothers living in Ankara city center, who had a child within the process of diagnosis or treatment of leukemia. Data was collected through Child Demographics Information Form, Mother Demographics Information Form and Beck Depression Scale (BDS). The results showed that the majority of mothers with 3-12 year old children with leukemia was experiencing moderate to major depression and that the depression levels did not vary with age, education level, number of children, employment status and income level.
This study relies on information obtained from mothers to examine how earthquakes affect the behaviors and emotional problems of preschool children with respect to gender and mother’s level of education. This is a descriptive study including a control group. The sample consists of a total of 482 children, 210 of whom were attending preschools in the Sultandagi (Afyon) earthquake zone (participants) and the remaining 272 were attending preschools in Ankara (control group). The study used the Child Behavior Checklist for Ages 11/2 -5; (CBCL/11/2-5) and the Parent Demographic Information and Earthquake Experience Form to gather data. The data was then analyzed by using the Multivariate ANOVA (MANOVA) technique in line with the aim stated above. The results of statistical analyses revealed that children in the earthquake zone displayed more problem behaviors than those in the control group. With respect to gender, girls were found to have more problem behaviors than boys. Also, children of mothers with lower levels of education seemed to have more behavioral/emotional problems than children of mothers with higher education levels.