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J Pediatr. 2012 Sep;161(3):495-500.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2012.03.001. Epub 2012 Apr 14.

Health-related quality of life and behavior of triplets at adolescent age.

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  • 1Child Development Center, University Children's Hospital Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To assess health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and behavior of triplets compared with matched singletons at adolescent age and to identify medical and sociodemographic predictors of outcome.

STUDY DESIGN:

Fifty-four triplets (19 sets, mean [SD] gestational age 32.0 [2.4] weeks, birth weight 1580 [450] g) and 51 gestational age-, birth weight-, and sex-matched singleton controls self-rated their HRQoL at age 14.5 (0.3) years. Proxy reports about HRQoL and behavior were obtained by parents and teachers. HRQoL was measured with the Kidscreen-52 questionnaire child and parent form, and behavior with the Achenbach Child Behavior Checklist.

RESULTS:

Self- and parent-reported HRQoL values was similar in both groups except for the dimensions "mood and emotions" and "autonomy," which were better (P = .001, P = .03) in triplets. Parents reported significantly less behavioral problems in triplets compared with controls. Compared with community norms, both HRQoL and behavior measures in triplets were in the normal range. Parent-reported HRQoL was predicted by dichorionicity.

CONCLUSIONS:

HRQoL and behavioral outcome in adolescent triplets was good in our study and was, in some aspects, better than in matched singleton controls. Dichorionicity is an important outcome determinant.

Copyright © 2012 Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

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