FAMILY FUNCTIONING: FAMILIES WITH DISABLED MEMBERS SAMPLE

Abstract

Author(s): Ramazan KOCAKAYA, Esra ALIK VAR

Family functioning, which indicates the quality of interaction between family members, includes emotional attachment to the family and adaptation to change. There are many variables such as sickness, death, poverty that threaten family functioning. If a disabled person is a member, family functioning is at risk and family members may have to adapt to new conditions. In this study, it is aimed to investigate whether the perceived family functioning of adults in families with disabled member has different according to their socio-demographic characteristics. 141 adults between the ages of 35 and 60 who had a disabled member in their family were included in the study. The Family Assessment Device was used to measure the perceived family functioning of the participants. The Family Assessment Device has seven subscales: problem solving, communication, roles, affective responsiveness, affective involvement, behavioral control and general family functioning. To test whether the level of perceived family functioning of participants was significantly different according to their socio-demographic characteristics, Indipendent Samples T-Test and One-Way Anova were used. Participants reported healthy outcomes in problem solving, communication, affective responsiveness and general family functioning subscales; reported unhealthy outcomes in roles, affective involvement and behavioral control subscales. Participants' scores from some subscales of the Family Assessment Device were differented according to education level, health status, health coverage, home care fee and disability benefit, number of services used and total number of people living in the household

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