The demographic predictors of lower health promotion lifestyles scores in caregivers of children with disabilities: a quantitative research

Ko, J. K., Dr. Lin, Y. H., Dr. Yen, M.H., Dr. Clark, M. J. and Dr. Chen, J. Y.

Improving the lifestyles of caregivers of children with disability helps to maintain their families’ health while dealing with problems of disability, increases their quality of life. The purpose of this study was to understand the relationship of risk demographics to scores on the Health Promotion Lifestyles Profile (HPLP) and it’s subscales in caregivers of children with disabilities. A cross-sectional descriptive approach with convenience sampling was used. A demographic tool and the Chinese version-HPLP was administered to 251 caregivers of children with ADHD, muscular dystrophy, or Turner syndrome in the department of pediatric psychology and genetic counseling and the Muscular Dystrophy Association of southern Taiwan. The mean age of the caregiver was 43.05 years (SD = 7.62). Scores below the 25th percentile were noted for many participating caregivers for the overall HPLP (24.3%). Based on multiple logistic regression, significant independent factors for HPLP scores below the 25th percentile included education, marital status, and residence location. Finding suggest that caregivers who are of lower income, not married, male, lower education level, and living in urban need additional support and intervention to promote healthier lifestyles.

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