Coping Strategies Among Mothers of Chronically Ill Children: A Case Study in Malaysia

Nur Saadah Mohamad Aun, A. B. Siti Hajar, M. Rezaul Islam

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to identify the stresses and coping strategies of five mothers in caring for their chronically ill and disabled children. These mothers were receiving services from a nonprofit hospital in Malaysia. Through an in-depth case study design, the findings indicated that emotional stress caused high levels of depression, which decreased life satisfaction that led to poorer physical health. Issues explored included employment, noncooperation of family members, as well as factors related to the mother's individual abilities and how these factors might affect maternal caregiving. Recommendations for future research include identifying probable psychosocial stresses and other associated factors while emphasizing the importance of community-based programs that minimize these stresses. © 2014

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)160-177
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Social Service Research
Volume40
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Keywords

  • children with disabilities
  • coping strategies
  • Informal caregiving
  • Malaysia
  • maternal bonding
  • social supports
  • stress

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  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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Coping Strategies Among Mothers of Chronically Ill Children : A Case Study in Malaysia. / Mohamad Aun, Nur Saadah; Siti Hajar, A. B.; Islam, M. Rezaul.

In: Journal of Social Service Research, Vol. 40, No. 2, 2014, p. 160-177.

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