FACTORS RELATED TO FAMILY MANAGEMENT AMONG CAREGIVERS OF CHILDREN WITH THALASSEMIA
Keywords:family management, caregivers of children with thalassemia
The purposes of this descriptive correlational research were to study family management and examine the factors related to family management in caregivers of children with thalassemia. The sample was comprised of primary caregivers of children with thalassemia aged from 6 to 15 years old who continuously attended hematology clinics at the pediatric out-patient departments at Maharaj Nakhon Chiangmai Hospital, Lampang Hospital and Phayao Hospital during December 2019 to January 2020. The study sample was selected by purposive sampling of 85 caregivers of children with thalassemia. The research instruments consisted of the Caregivers and Children's Personal Information Questionnaire, the Social Support Questionnaire, tested for reliability with value of .88, the Family Management Measure, tested five dimensions for reliability with value of .83, .82, .83, .89 and .82 respectively. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, eta coefficient, Pearson’s correlation coefficient and Spearman’s rank correlation coefficient.
The results of the study revealed that: 1) The total family management among caregivers of children with thalassemia with five dimensions scores were at a moderate level. The result of easy and difficult family management. The result shows that all caregivers of children with thalassemia have an easy managing their family. 2) Education level of caregivers and income had a positive, statistically significant correlations with conditional management ability at a moderate level (η=.45, p=001 and η=.34, p=.017, respectively). The total social support had a positive, statistically significant correlation with child’s daily life at a moderate level (r=.45, p=.000), and conditional management ability at a high level (r=.59, p=.000). The total social support had a negative statistically significant correlation with family life difficulties at a moderate level (r=-.36, p=.000).
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