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Journal of The Korean Society of Maternal and Child Health 2009;13(1):24-37.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.21896/jksmch.2009.13.1.24    Published online January 31, 2009.
Mothers' Perception about the Health State of Disabled Children and Caring Behaviors for their Children
이애란1, 김지수2
1원광보건대학교
2상지대학교
장애아동의 건강관련 행동문제 및 건강에 대한 어머니의 인식과 돌봄 행위
이애란1, 김지수2
1원광보건대학교
2상지대학교
Abstract
Objectives
: This study was performed to investigate the mothers' perception about the health state of disabled children and mothers' caring behaviors for their children.
Methods
: Mothers (N=364) with disabled children from day-care centers completed a structured questionnaires from January to March, 2007. Descriptive statistics, ANOVA, t-test, Turkey, Dunnett's T3 and multiple logistic regression with SPSS/WIN program were used to analyze the data.
Results
: About 91.3% of the disabled children had behavioral problems on eating, activity, sleep, elimination and communication. Nevertheless, 81.9% of the mothers perceived that their disabled children were healthy because they don't have common cold (30.8%) and could eat, play, sleep well (26.4%) and didn't also have any activity limitations (4.1%). These mothers' perception about their children's health state was affected by types of disability (p=0.001), behavioral problems (p<0.001) and mothers' educational level (p=0.013). In mothers' caring behaviors, there were significant differences according to children's age, mothers' educational levels, family income and mothers' perceptions about their children's health state.
Conclusion
: These results may contribute to a better understanding of mothers' perceptions about the health state of disabled children and caring behaviors for their children. Therefore health programs for helping mothers and promoting disabled children's health may need to be considered factors such as types of disability, behavioral problems and mothers' educational level.
Key Words: disabled children, mother, health, perception, caring, health behavior


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