What is related to the well-being of the siblings of patients with schizophrenia: An evaluation within the Lazarus and Folkman's Transactional Stress and Coping Model

Avcioglu M. M., KARANCI A. N., Soygur H.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF SOCIAL PSYCHIATRY, vol.65, no.3, pp.252-261, 2019 (SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 65 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/0020764019840061
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.252-261
  • Keywords: Schizophrenia, sibling, well-being, social support, stress, coping, PERCEIVED SOCIAL SUPPORT, EXPRESSED EMOTION, MENTAL-ILLNESS, FUTURE CARE, CAREGIVERS, PREDICTORS, BURDEN, ADULTS, EMBU, LIFE
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Background: Schizophrenia is a chronic mental illness that strongly affects not only the patients with schizophrenia, but also their families and close relatives. So far, family research on patients with schizophrenia has mainly focused on parents, but has neglected siblings. Aim: This study aims to evaluate the well-being of 103 siblings of patients with schizophrenia within the Lazarus and Folkman's Transactional Coping and Stress Model. Materials: A Sociodemographic Information Form, Subjective Well-being Scale, Zarit Caregiver Burden Scale, Multidimensional Perceived Social Support Scale, Ways of Coping Scale and Shortened Perceived Parental Rearing Styles Form were administered to the siblings of patients with schizophrenia. Results: The results of this study revealed that well-being was associated with perceived mother overprotection, perceived social support, problem-focused coping and indirect coping. Social support moderated the relationship between burden and well-being as a buffering factor. Conclusion: Therefore, siblings of patients with schizophrenia should be given access to social support and their problem-focused coping strategies should be strengthened. Besides, parents should be supported to provide suitable care for the siblings of patients with schizophrenia.