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Eun Hye Kim 2 Articles
The Health-related Quality of Life for Children with a Mentally Ill Parent
Eun Hye Kim, Sook Bin Im
J Korean Acad Community Health Nurs. 2020;31(3):234-243.   Published online September 30, 2020
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This study is aimed to identify the health-related quality of life for children with a mentally ill parent.
The 13 participants were school-aged children whose parents were registered at the D Regional Mental Health Welfare Center. Data were collected using one-on-one interview with illustration cards and analyzed by content analysis.
The participants were living a difficult life in anxiety amid a reversal of parent-child role, such as doing housework and taking care of their parents. The study revealed a love-hate family relationship that the participants wanted parental recognition and attention but they were frustrated by insufficient parental care and sibling conflict. Nevertheless, they only had each other themselves to trust and rely on. Their mixed health awareness and negative emotions were influenced by parents. Some of participants were exposed to dangerous environment such as domestic violence, and they need support system for help in difficult situations. Sometimes they felt happy by satisfying physiological, social, and self-esteem needs. They also showed a positive potential that they were matured more than peers through the experience of overcoming difficulties.
Not only were there not enough attention and support for the children with mentally ill people, but they were also exposed to an environment that threatens their physical or mental health. Therefore, to improve their health-related quality of life, there should be some integrated support of the community health system to cope with the challenges they face.


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  • Children in the Blind Spot of Social Medical Concerns: Supporting Children with Mentally Ill Parents in Korea
    Sookbin Im, Myoung Lyun Heo
    Community Mental Health Journal.2021; 57(8): 1525.     CrossRef
The Burden of Aged Parents Caring for Adult Children with Disabilities
Min Hyun Suk, Eun Hye Kim
J Korean Acad Community Health Nurs. 2010;21(4):439-447.   Published online December 31, 2010
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This study was to describe the burden of aged parents caring for adult children with disabilities and related factors.
The subjects were 123 caregivers aged over 65 who were caring for 18-year-old or older children with disabilities. The research tool of this study was a structured questionnaire on family burden. Data were collected from June 3 to 25, 2010, and analyzed by Cronbach's alpha, mean, standard deviation, t-test, and ANOVA using SAS 9.2 program.
The major findings of this study were as follows. Elderly parents caring for adult children with disabilities perceived a moderate level of burden. The burden from concern over their children's future was highest, and economic and physical burdens were higher when the parents were younger. Burden was significantly different according to parents' characteristics such as gender, perceived health status, disease, the costs of caring for disabled children, and children's characteristics such as disability rating, health status, and ADL.
In order to reduce the burden of elderly parents caring for adult children with disabilities, we need to improve their health status and assess comprehensive policies.

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