1998．第5卷第1及2期（Vol. 5 Nos. 1 & 2）．pp. 1325
Stress Coping Strategies in Families With Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) in Guangzhou: A Comparative Study with Healthy Families
Alice CHENG LAI
This study compared the stress coping strategies of three groups of mothers: (1) mothers of children with HBV attending a special health kindergarten; (2) mothers of children with HBV who stayed at home; and (3) mothers of healthy children attending ordinary kindergarten. Their ages ranged from 25 to 43 years old, and their preschoolers were from 3 to 7 years old. In an interview, mothers were first asked to report their frequently used strategies for dealing with their children's disease or sickness. They were then given an objective instrument to assess their coping styles. Content analyses of the subject's reported coping strategies revealed in a classification system consisting of five patterns of coping strategies. The three groups of mothers were compared on these five patterns of coping strategies. Tghe differences in stress coping responses between Hwang's (1977) study and this current research were compared. Each of the five patterns were labelled and explained with reference to the classification system and the Chinese cultural context.