Research Reports - Factors influencing mother-child communication about fathers with neurobehavioural sequelae after brain injury

Brain Inj. 2017;31(3):312-318. doi: 10.1080/02699052.2016.1225986. Epub 2017 Feb

Takanashi S(1), Sakka M(1), Sato I(1), Watanabe S(2), Tanaka S(3), Ooshio A(4),
Saito N(3), Kamibeppu K(1).

OBJECTIVE: The present study clarified factors related to mother-child
communication openness when fathers suffer neurobehavioural sequelae after stroke
or traumatic brain injury.
RESEARCH DESIGN: A cross-sectional study using self-report anonymous
questionnaires was conducted.
METHODS AND PROCEDURES: Forty-one mothers with 6-22-year-old children
participated. The questionnaire examined personal factors (mother's psychological
distress), social/family factors (family support functioning), illness-related
factors (father's time at home and neurobehavioural sequelae severity) and
mother's perceived level of open communication. Multiple regression was used to
analyse factors related to mother-child communication openness.
RESULTS: Mother-child open communication was explained by family support
functioning (β = 0.449), father's time at home (β = -0.325) and mother's
psychological distress (β = -0.303). Neurobehavioural sequelae severity was not
associated with mother-child open communication.
CONCLUSIONS: Personal, social/family and illness-related factors were related to
mother-child communication about paternal illness. Professionals should promote
optimal family support functioning, connect families with external resources and
assess families' interaction processes. 

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