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Gulhane Med J. 2003; 45(2): 156-164

The Evaluation of Family Functions of Families with Handicapped Children

S.H.U. Fuat ÖZŞENOL1, Dr. Vedat IŞIKHAN2, Dr. Bülent ÜNAY1, Dr. Halil İbrahim AYDIN1, Dr. Rıdvan AKIN1, Dr. Erdal GÖKÇAY1.

Families with handicapped children may have many problems. This study was designed to evaluate the variables affecting the family function of families with handicapped children. Family Evaluating Scale and Questionnary Form were used to get the data of the families. Questionnaire Forms were given to 145 families with handicapped children admitted to Pediatrics Department. In mother group, accusing themselves for handicapping of children affected the general function, roles and emotional reactions. In fathers group, accusing wives for handicapping of children affected the general function, emotional reaction and communication. This study shows that it is essential to determine and to solve the problems of the families with handicapped children.

Key words: Handicapped Children, Family Functions

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