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Fathers of chronically ill children: Assessment and perceived effectiveness of their coping methods.


Through the use of Hymovich's Parent Perception Inventory, this study identified the most frequently used, most helpful, and most perceived effective coping methods that fathers of chronically ill children utilized. The highest ranking coping methods in all areas (use, helpfulness, effectiveness) consisted of information gathering: Try to figure out what to do, ask questions, seek information, read about the problem, and look at options. There were 58 respondents with 72% over the age of 35, 57% with bachelor's degree or higher, and 56% had family incomes greater than $75,000. The majority of the respondents were from 2-parent households, the average age of the child was 7 years (SD = 5.34), average age at diagnosis 3.4 years ( SD = 3.95), and the average time since diagnosis was 4 years ( SD = 4.69). The coping methods correlated significantly with father's age, father's level of education, and type of illness.