Author: Cheng, Luk-kam
Title: The voice of siblings : the emotion, behavior and personality of school-aged children who have a sibling with severe mental handicap
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2000
Subject: School children -- China -- Hong Kong
Children with mental disabilities -- China -- Hong Kong
Brothers and sisters -- China -- Hong Kong
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Multi-disciplinary Studies
Department of Nursing and Health Sciences
Pages: v, 56 leaves ; 30 cm
Language: English
Abstract: A child's disability impacts the whole family. Siblings of children with mental handicap experience their own psychological issues. In this study, the emotion, behavior and personality of school-aged children with siblings who had severe mental handicap were investigated using a comparative study. A convenient sample of 16 matched pairs of 8-15 year old children and their parents participated in the study. Parents rated the siblings' emotion and behavior using the Rutter Parent Scale A2. All children completed the Junior Eysenck Personality Questionnaire (JEPQ) which yielded four personality dimensions including Psychoticism; Extraversion; Neuroticism and Lie scales. There was significant group difference in N scale of the JEPQ only. The target group had higher mean scores of N scale of the JEPQ than the control group. The result suggested that while the participants might display more worrying, neurotic, moody and anxious personality, they did not exhibit more emotional and anti-social behaviors than control group. There was also an interaction effect between gender and birth order on anti-social subscore of the Rutter Parent A2 as well as on the Lie scale of the JEPQ. Older siblings of the target group tend to transgress societal values or behavior standards indicated by their higher L scale of JEPQ. Children with high L scale implied that they tend to hide their thoughts and feelings.
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