Psychosocial Problems Among Siblings of Children with Disabilities in Japan: Psychosocial Association Between Mothers and Siblings

  • Yuko Ishizaki
  • Tatsuro Ishizaki
  • Koji Ozawa
  • Yoshimitsu Fukai
  • Yuko Hattori
  • Shoichiro Taniuchi
  • Yohnokuke Kobayashi


We conducted a questionnaire survey to evaluate the psychosocial condition of siblings of children with disabilities in Japan. The participants were 50 siblings (aged 5–12, male = 42.0%) of children with disabilities and their parents as well as a control group consisting of 128 elementary school pupils (aged 6–12, male = 57.4%) and their parents. The proportion of mothers of children with disabilities suffering from a minor psychiatric illness and the proportion of corresponding siblings with psychosocial problems were significantly higher in the test group than in the control group, and a multiple logistic regression analysis indicated that mothers suffering from a minor psychiatric illness were significantly associated with siblings with psychosocial problems among families of children with disabilities. We discuss the psychosocial problems of siblings of children with disabilities.


psychosocial problems disability minor psychiatric illness siblings mother 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuko Ishizaki
    • 1
    • 4
  • Tatsuro Ishizaki
    • 2
  • Koji Ozawa
    • 3
  • Yoshimitsu Fukai
    • 1
  • Yuko Hattori
    • 1
  • Shoichiro Taniuchi
    • 1
  • Yohnokuke Kobayashi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PediatricsKansai Medical UniversityOsakaJapan
  2. 2.Department of Healthcare Economics and Quality Management, School of Public HealthKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan
  3. 3.Department of Community Oral HealthAsahi University School of DentistryGifuJapan
  4. 4.Department of PediatricsKansai Medical UniversityOsakaJapan

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