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Iran South Med J 2017, 20(2): 180-192 Back to browse issues page
Comparison of Power Hierarchy, Cohesion and Structure in Families with and Without a Disabled Child From the Perspective of their Mothers, Bushehr 2015
Soheala Zaeri1, Masoud Bahreini *2, Kamran Mirzaei3, Maryam Ravanipour1, Somaye Zarei4
1- Department of Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Bushehr University of Medical Sciences, Bushehr, Iran
2- Department of Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Bushehr University of Medical Sciences, Bushehr, Iran , m.bahreini@bpums.ac.ir
3- Department of Social Medicine, School of Medicine , Bushehr University of Medical Sciences, Bushehr, Iran
4- Department of Psychology, School of Education and Psychology, Abadan University of Payam Noor, Khoozestan, Iran
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Background: Power hierarchy, cohesion and family structure are the main component of every family. Families with disabled children may be affected with this structure and function. The aim of this study was to comparison of the power hierarchy, cohesion and family structure with disabled and non-disabled children in Bushehr from the perspective of their mothers (2015).

Materials & Methods: In this Cross-sectional study, 150 mothers of disabled and non-disabled children in Bushehr city were selected by census and clusters method, respectively. Family structure, cohesion and hierarchy of mothers was assessed by using the Family System Test (FAST). Data were analyzed by using SPSS software (Version 18) and statistical tests carried out such as (Independent t-test, ANOVA and chi-square test.

Results: Based on this results, there was no significant difference between the families in terms of power (p=0.22) but the cohesion of families with children with physical disabilities (p=0.0001, 1/90 ± 0.54) and mentally (p=0.0001, 1.56 ± 0.73) is less than the natural family (p=0.0001, 2.26 ± 0.52), Also in terms of structure, there was no significant difference between families with healthy children and physical disability and mentally (p=0.05).

Conclusion: Findings showed that the cohesion of families with disabled children are more vulnerable than healthy family. In the first step, awareness of young couples about the outcome of the birth of a disabled child is necessary and inevitable and in second step, providing training and adequate support to families with disabled child.

Keywords: Power, Family Relations, Disabled Child, Structure of Family
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Type of Study: Original | Subject: Public Health
Received: 2016/02/22 | Accepted: 2016/07/19 | Published: 2017/04/29
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Zaeri S, Bahreini M, Mirzaei K, Ravanipour M, Zarei S. Comparison of Power Hierarchy, Cohesion and Structure in Families with and Without a Disabled Child From the Perspective of their Mothers, Bushehr 2015. Iran South Med J. 2017; 20 (2) :180-192
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