ISSN 1306-0015 | E-ISSN 1308-6278
Review
Evaluation of Quality of Life of Healthy Siblings of Children with Chronic Disease
1 Eskişehir Osmangazi Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Sosyal Pediatri Bilim Dalı, Eskişehir, Türkiye  
2 Gazi Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Sosyal Pediatri Bilim Dalı, Ankara, Türkiye  
Turk Pediatri Ars ; : -
DOI: 10.5152/TurkPediatriArs.2018.6778
Key Words: Chronic disease, healthy sibling, quality of life
Abstract

The quality of life (QoL) determination of children with chronic disease is closely related to the treatment success. The QoL assessment studies revealed that it was not limited to the individual, QoL of the  family members had to be assessed. Along with the child being diagnosed with chronic illness, some changes occur in the family structure, and in family roles. QoL assessment studies in healthy siblings generally indicate a global influence. These children live in different senses such as closure, aggression, depression, anxiety, guilt, and isolation. Psychosocial impact (short or long-term) of healthy siblings have been associated with the disease type, severity, disease duration, age, gender and ability to cope. Further comprehensive studies among heathy siblings of children with chronic disease about the QoL,needed. Building support groups (especially family support groups) to express feelings and thoughts freely for healthy siblings can positively affect the well-being and self-esteem of the child.

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