Psychosocial Problems Among Siblings of Children with Disabilities in Japan: Psychosocial Association Between Mothers and Siblings

Authors: Ishizaki, Yuko1; Ishizaki, Tatsuro2; Ozawa, Koji3; Fukai, Yoshimitsu4; Hattori, Yuko4; Taniuchi, Shoichiro4; Kobayashi, Yohnokuke4

Source: Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, Volume 17, Number 2, June 2005 , pp. 119-132(14)

Publisher: Springer

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We conducted a questionnaire survey to evaluate the psychosocial condition of siblings of children with disabilities in Japan. The participants were 50 siblings (aged 5–12, male = 42.0%) of children with disabilities and their parents as well as a control group consisting of 128 elementary school pupils (aged 6–12, male = 57.4%) and their parents. The proportion of mothers of children with disabilities suffering from a minor psychiatric illness and the proportion of corresponding siblings with psychosocial problems were significantly higher in the test group than in the control group, and a multiple logistic regression analysis indicated that mothers suffering from a minor psychiatric illness were significantly associated with siblings with psychosocial problems among families of children with disabilities. We discuss the psychosocial problems of siblings of children with disabilities.

Keywords: disability; minor psychiatric illness; mother; psychosocial problems; siblings

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Pediatrics, Kansai Medical University, Moriguchi, Osaka, Japan, Email: 2: Department of Healthcare Economics and Quality Management, School of Public Health, Kyoto University, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan, 3: Department of Community Oral Health, Asahi University School of Dentistry, Mizuho, Gifu, Japan, 4: Department of Pediatrics, Kansai Medical University, Moriguchi, Osaka, Japan,

Publication date: June 1, 2005


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