Parent and Well-Sibling Communication in Families With a Child Who Has a Life-Limiting Condition: Quantitative Survey Data

Title

Parent and Well-Sibling Communication in Families With a Child Who Has a Life-Limiting Condition: Quantitative Survey Data

Creator

Jaaniste T; Chin WLA; Tan SC; Cuganesan A; Coombs S; Heaton M; Cowan S; Potter D; Aouad P; Smith PL; Trethewie S

Publisher

Journal of Pediatric Psychology

Date

2021

Subject

child; communication; life-limiting condition; parent; sibling

Description

OBJECTIVE: Living with a child with a life-limiting condition (LLC), for which there is no hope of cure and premature death is expected, places much stress on a family unit. Familial communication has the potential to serve as a buffer when children are faced with stressful situations. The overall aim of the study was to learn more about illness-related communication between parents and well-siblings, giving particular consideration to the amount of illness-related communication, and sibling satisfaction with familial communication. METHODS: Participants included 48 well-siblings (aged 6-21 years) of children with LLCs and their parents. Parents and well-siblings independently completed validated measures of familial communication and sibling functioning. Parents also provided demographic information and completed a questionnaire assessing amount of illness-related information provided to well-siblings. RESULTS: Parents reported that 47.8% of well-siblings never or rarely initiated conversations about their sibling's illness. Moreover, 52.2% of well-siblings never or rarely spoke about death. Amount of illness-related communication between parents and well-siblings was most strongly predicted by parental resilience and well-sibling age. Parents engaged in significantly more illness-related communication with girls than boys (t(44)=-2.28, p = .028). Well-siblings (p < .01) and parents (p < .05) rated satisfaction with familial communication significantly higher than published norms. The only significant predictor of well-sibling satisfaction with familial communication was greater familial cohesion. Family communication variables were not significantly correlated with measures of sibling functioning (all p's>.05). CONCLUSIONS: This study provides new information regarding parent and well-sibling communication in families who have a child with a LLC.

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Citation

Jaaniste T; Chin WLA; Tan SC; Cuganesan A; Coombs S; Heaton M; Cowan S; Potter D; Aouad P; Smith PL; Trethewie S, “Parent and Well-Sibling Communication in Families With a Child Who Has a Life-Limiting Condition: Quantitative Survey Data,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed July 4, 2022, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/17798.

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