More MS news articles for Jan 2002

Gender-Specific Differences in the Process of Coping in Families with a Parent Affected by a Chronic Somatic Disease (e.g. Multiple Sclerosis)

Psychopathology 2001 Sep-Oct;34(5):236-44
Steck B, Amsler F, Kappos L, Burgin D.
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Basel, Switzerland.

Based on the investigation of 52 families and their 87 offspring by means of semistructured interviews, we evaluated the coping abilities of the parent affected by multiple sclerosis (MS), the healthy parent and their children.

The results show that the gender of the child significantly influences his or her coping behaviour.

Daughters cope better than sons, independently of the gender of the MS-affected parent.

Only the daughter's coping is positively affected by age and disease variables.

The correlation between the coping behaviour of parents and children is significant between children and their healthy parents and even stronger between children and healthy parents of the same gender.

Healthy mothers and daughters cope better with the increasing disability of the father.

This is not the case for healthy fathers and sons.

Gender seems to be an important moderating factor in chronic parental disease and it has complex effects on the coping capacity of children.

Copyright 2002 S. Karger AG, Basel