Interrelationships among Variables Affecting Well Siblings and Mothers in Families of Children with a Chronic Illness or Disability

Phoebe Dauz Williams, Arthur R. Williams, Joyce Graff, Sandra Hanson, Anne Stanton, Carol Hafeman, Adrienne Liebergen, Karla Leuenberg, Robyn Karlin Setter, Lavonne Ridder, Heather Curry, Martha Barnard, Susan Sanders

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Abstract

A structural equation model (SEM) examined interrelationships among psychosocial variables known to affect the health and development of well siblings and parents when a child with a chronic illness or disability is a member of the family. Using dyads of 252 well children and parents, socioeconomic status (SES) and family cohesion were associated with the parent-reported behavior of the well sibling. SES also influenced the mood of the mother that in turn influenced family cohesion. The well sibling's knowledge about the illness of the brother or sister, attitude toward the illness, mood, self-esteem, and feelings of social support were interrelated and related to the behavior of the well sibling. The SEM suggests that interventions may be directed at several points in these interactions including boosting knowledge levels of the well sibling, improving family cohesion, and assuring adequate "income" support to the family through income transfers or in-kind services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)411-424
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of behavioral medicine
Volume25
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2002

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Chronic Disease
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Self Concept
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  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Interrelationships among Variables Affecting Well Siblings and Mothers in Families of Children with a Chronic Illness or Disability. / Williams, Phoebe Dauz; Williams, Arthur R.; Graff, Joyce; Hanson, Sandra; Stanton, Anne; Hafeman, Carol; Liebergen, Adrienne; Leuenberg, Karla; Setter, Robyn Karlin; Ridder, Lavonne; Curry, Heather; Barnard, Martha; Sanders, Susan.

In: Journal of behavioral medicine, Vol. 25, No. 5, 01.10.2002, p. 411-424.

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Williams, PD, Williams, AR, Graff, J, Hanson, S, Stanton, A, Hafeman, C, Liebergen, A, Leuenberg, K, Setter, RK, Ridder, L, Curry, H, Barnard, M & Sanders, S 2002, 'Interrelationships among Variables Affecting Well Siblings and Mothers in Families of Children with a Chronic Illness or Disability', Journal of behavioral medicine, vol. 25, no. 5, pp. 411-424. https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1020401122858
Williams, Phoebe Dauz ; Williams, Arthur R. ; Graff, Joyce ; Hanson, Sandra ; Stanton, Anne ; Hafeman, Carol ; Liebergen, Adrienne ; Leuenberg, Karla ; Setter, Robyn Karlin ; Ridder, Lavonne ; Curry, Heather ; Barnard, Martha ; Sanders, Susan. / Interrelationships among Variables Affecting Well Siblings and Mothers in Families of Children with a Chronic Illness or Disability. In: Journal of behavioral medicine. 2002 ; Vol. 25, No. 5. pp. 411-424.
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