ERIC Number: ED285375
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Relationship between Illness Severity, Social/Familial Variables and Adjustment in Children and Adolescents with Sickle Cell Disease.
Hurtig, Anita Landau; Koepke, David
The study examined the effects of social support and family functioning on illness and adjustment in 70 children and adolescents with sickle cell disease. Four sources of information were used: patient interview and standardized tests; parent interview and standardized tests; teacher interview; and medical records. Results revealed several significant correlations between the child's report of family climate and the child's adjustment. As hypothesized, family environment and family/social support significantly affected the children's adjustment. The role of social support was less clearcut. The hypothesis that illness severity and familial/social forces would be closely related was generally weakly supported. It is concluded that data supports the clinical wisdom which recognizes the crucial role of social/family factors in children's adaptation to the illness. Nine slides shown during the presentation are appended. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Public Health Service (DHHS), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Chicago.
Note: Developed at the Center for Sickle Cell Disease. Paper presented at the Biennial Meetings of the Society for Research and Development in Children (Baltimore, MD, April 23-26, 1987).