Association between Children’s Age, Numbers of Siblings and Mental Health

Shin-Ling Wu, Rohani Abdullah, Sakineh Mofrad


This study was designed to examine the association between age, numbers of siblings and children’s mental health. The respondents were 427 children ages between 3 to 6 years old that were selected from 29 pre-schools in Malaysia. The Child Behavior Checklist 1.5–5(CBCL/1.5–5) was used to measure the children’s mental health where it comprised of eight subscales. The results revealed no significant relationship between age, number of siblings and children’s overall mental health score. However, findings indicated significant relationship between age and the subscale of anxious/depressed, as well as number of siblings with the attention problems subscale. Research examining children’s mental health should include a diversity of measure to identify the risk factors of mental health in order to create effective intervention and prevention programs.

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Asian Social Science   ISSN 1911-2017 (Print)   ISSN 1911-2025 (Online)

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