School adjustment of Black and Hispanic well siblings living with a brother or sister with chronic severe asthma

Roxia B Bullock, Fordham University

Abstract

This study explored the school adjustment of Black and Hispanic well siblings. The general hypothesis guiding this study was: Black and Hispanic well siblings of asthmatic brothers and sisters will experience greater difficulty in school adjustment than Black and Hispanic well sibling who do not live with an asthmatic brother or sister. The sample was made up of 31 well siblings of asthmatic children and 30 well siblings of healthy children. The well siblings, ranging in age from 9 to 15, attended school in the South Bronx and upper Manhattan. The June 2001 Report Card defined school adjustment by providing the grade point average, absences, and teacher rated conduct. The Piers Harris Self-Concept Scale, Index of Peer Relationships, and the Sibling Perception Questionnaire measured predictors of school adjustment. With few exceptions, these two groups did not differ significantly in school adjustment. The two groups did not differ in grade point average. Although not significant, the number of absences was in the direction of the hypothesis. The well siblings of the asthmatic children had significantly poorer school conduct than the well siblings of the non-asthmatic group. Demographically the well siblings of the asthmatic group came from families with significantly lower socioeconomic status, more siblings, mothers with less education, and fewer mothers with full time jobs than the comparison group. An analysis of variance of ethnicity by group membership revealed significant differences in peer relationships and self-concept between Black and Hispanic well siblings by group membership, The results of the logistic regression analysis indicated that socioeconomic status was the best predictor of group membership. ^

Subject Area

Social Work|Education, Educational Psychology|Psychology, Personality|Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies

Recommended Citation

Roxia B Bullock, "School adjustment of Black and Hispanic well siblings living with a brother or sister with chronic severe asthma" (January 1, 2003). ETD Collection for Fordham University. Paper AAI3061208.
http://fordham.bepress.com/dissertations/AAI3061208

Share

COinS