Factors Related to Family Management in Families of Children with Recurrent Seizures


  • Tananya Nentakong Graduate Student of Nursing Science program in Pediatric Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University
  • Srimana Niyomkar Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University
  • Suthisa Lamchang Faculty of Nursing, Chiang Mai University


Family management, Children, Recurrent seizures


Family management is important for children with recurrent seizures because it helps children to get proper care and to control the seizures. The objectives of this descriptive correlational research aimed to investigate family management in families of children with recurrent seizures, and explore the relationships between the education level of primary caregivers, the family income, and the social support with family management. The framework of the study is from Grey, Knafl, & McCorkle (2006) with a literature review. Purposive sampling was used to select 85 primary caregivers who took care of children aged 1 to 5 years old with recurrent seizures and had brought them to attend the out-patient departments at three tertiary hospitals from October 2017 to February 2018. The research instruments included the Primary Caregiver and Children’s Personal Information Questionnaire, the Family Management Measure, and The Social Support and Sources of Social Support for Caregiver Questionnaire. The data were analyzed using descriptive statistics including the Spearman rank correlation coefficient and Pearson’s correlation coefficient.

          The results of the study revealed that:

  1. The overall scores for family management were at a moderate level with an average score of 132.96 (S.D. = 16.89). All dimensions of family management were at a moderate level including the child’s daily life, the condition management ability, the condition management effort, the family life difficulty, and the view of condition impact, with average scores of 12.41 (S.D. = 2.84), 43.38 (S.D. = 5.61), 14.50 (S.D. = 3.10), 35.05 (S.D. = 7.57), and 29.18 (S.D. = 5.23), respectively.
  2. Social support had a statistically significant positive correlation with family management at a high level (r = .50, p < 0.01).

          The results of this study provided basic information about family management of children with recurrent seizures. It may be used as a guideline to provide more effective family management.


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