Factors related to the adjustment of siblings following sudden infant death

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/10197/6459
Date: 2001
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 upper-middle class intact families whose siblings had died a sudden death about 7 years before the study. Mothers who participated were in their late 30s and 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 or the Child Behaviour Checklist. These clinical cases had lower self-esteem 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: Book Chapter
Publisher: Edwin Mellen Press
Keywords: Sudden Infant Death SyndromeCot deathCrib death
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Is part of: Carr, A. (eds.). Clinical Psychology in Ireland, Volume 3: Empirical Studies of Problems and Treatment Processes in Children and Adolescents
Appears in Collections:Psychology Research Collection

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