Family Resilience in Families with Developmentally Disabled Children - Investigation of factors contributing to family resilience from the viewpoint of support

[Speaker] Tanaka, Akari:1
[Co-author] Nagata, Masako:2
1:Nagoya University (Japan), 2:Nagoya University Psychological Support & Research Center for Human Development (Japan)

This study aimed to clarify the aspects of family resilience in the families of developmentally disordered children, particularly to investigate the factors contributory to the family resilience from the viewpoints of support. A questionnaire survey was conducted to ask the parents (N=191) of developmentally disordered children about general information, family resilience (Tokutsu & Kusaka, 2006), marital support based on the scale for family having developmentally disordered children and social support. A t-test and multiple regression analysis were used to analyze the obtained data. The results were as follows: (1) the family resilience was significantly higher in the group where the developmentally disordered children were younger (p<.05); and (2) the family resilience was related to the marital support and the social support (p<.001). The results suggested that the marital support and social support may play an important role in strengthening of the family resilience.
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