This study aims to identify the relation between the level of depression, anxiety and stress of the parents with children who has specific learning disability and the burdens that this brings upon the families (such as economical burdens, perceptions of inadequacy, social burdens, emotional burdens and time needs) and the perceived social support, and to reveal the essential dynamics of this relation. The research sample includes totally 291 parents selected by basic random sampling method from the parents whose children attend to all counseling and research centers located in the second and third districts of Istanbul. For this study, a survey has been made by utilizing “Personal Details Form”, “Perceived Family Burden Scale for Parents of Children with Specific Learning Disability”, “Multi-dimensional Perceived Social Support Scale for the Parents of Children with Learning Disability”, and Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale”. According to the results obtained, the average of all the items in the family burden scale varies between 1 and 1,52. The participants responded to the perceived social support scale items between 5.8 and 6.13 on average. According to depression, anxiety and stress scores, participants responded to all items between 0.09 and 0.51. The levels of family burden varies significantly in relation to the unique characteristics of the child. The average of the perceived social support scale varies significantly in relation to monthly income of the family. The levels of the perceived social support scale exhibit a statistically significant variation in relation to dyscalculia, the class and the age of the child. As the anxiety increases, the level of stress and depression proportionally exhibits a statistically significant increase.
Specific learning disability, social support, depression, anxiety, stress, family burden.