Factors related to the adjustment of siblings following sudden infant death

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Title: Factors related to the adjustment of siblings following sudden infant death
Authors: Coughlan, Barbara
Carr, Alan
Fitzgerald, Michael
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/5451
Date: 1998
Abstract: Participants in this study were 119 siblings of children who had died from sudden infant death and their parents. This non-representative self-selected group, were profiled as 11 year old boys or girls from middle or uppermiddle class intact families whose siblings had died a sudden death about 7 years before the study. The average age of mothers who participated were in their late 30s and the average age of fathers were in the early 50s, with a third of families being rurally based and the rest living in urban settings. 18% obtained T-scores above the cut-off of 63 on the total problem scale of the Child Behaviour Checklist. These cIjnical cases had lower selfesteem and a more external locus of control compared with the rest of the group. Their fathers and mothers also had lower self-esteem and their mothers were more poorly psychologically adjusted. Compared with the non-clinical group, both mothers and fathers in the clinical group perceived marked problems in family functioning. From a wide range of measures of personal, parental and family characteristics, siblings' self-esteem, maternal mental health and siblings' locus of control were identified in a series of stepwise multiple regression analyses as the most significant predictors of siblings' adjustment.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Journal: Irish Journal of Psychology
Volume: 19
Issue: 2-3
Start page: 295
End page: 312
Copyright (published version): 1998 Taylor & Francis
Keywords: Sudden Infant Death SyndromeCot deathCrib death
DOI: 10.1080/03033910.1998.10558192
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Psychology Research Collection

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