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The Effect of Family Resilience Perceived by Primary Caregivers of Children with Developmental Disabilities on Depression :Focusing on the Mediating Effect of Disability Acceptance

  • 인문논총
  • 2024, 63(), pp.175-201
  • DOI : 10.33638/JHS.63.8
  • Publisher : Institute for Human studies, Kyungnam University
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : December 28, 2023
  • Accepted : February 7, 2024
  • Published : February 28, 2024

HYANG-GEUM RYU 1

1강남대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study aims to verify the mediating effects of disability acceptance on the impact of family resilience, as perceived by primary caregivers of children with developmental disabilities, on depression. To achieve this, a survey was conducted with 391 primary caregivers in households with children with developmental disabilities. Data were collected through the use of a questionnaire, and hierarchical regression analysis was performed using Baron & Kenny's (1986) three-step method to examine the mediating effects of disability acceptance on the relationship between family resilience and depression. The analysis results confirmed that disability acceptance has a mediating effect on the relationship between family resilience and depression. Subsequent validation through the Sobel Test confirmed the significance of the mediating effect of disability acceptance. Additionally, the results of verifying the mediating effects of disability acceptance in the relationship between family resilience sub-factors (belief system, organizational type, communication process) and depression indicated that the mediating effects of disability acceptance were confirmed in all these factors. The study suggests, firstly, the need for educational support on disability acceptance in families with children with developmental disabilities and emphasizes the necessity for fundamental reflection on whether genuine disability acceptance is achievable. Secondly, it underscores the importance of developing policies and practical programs that can reduce depression in families with developmental disabilities and primary caregivers. Lastly, the study proposes the implementation of substantial support for disability acceptance not only for primary caregivers but for the entire family.

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