This article is a survey of the results of research carried out in Estonia about the depressive symptoms and emotional states among 151 mothers End 57 fathers of disabled children End 101 mothers and 55 fathers of non-disabled children. The results show that parents, especially mothers
of disabled children, have significantly more negative emotional states and also significantly more depressive symptoms. Significant differences in depression symptoms between the disabled and control parent group were found in most symptoms. Parents in the control group were significantly
more happy, glad, satisfied, proud, grateful, happy for their child, pleased and hopeful.