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J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2003 Aug;24(4):225-32.

Social, emotional, and behavioral functioning of children with hemophilia.

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Department of Psychology, University of Cincinnati, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, USA. atrzepacz@yahoo.com

Abstract

This study examines the social, emotional, and behavioral functioning of children with hemophilia. Data were collected in the homes and schools of 40 boys with hemophilia and 40 comparison boys of the same race and age. Data on social, emotional, and behavioral functioning were collected from teachers, classmates, parents, and the participants. Children with hemophilia scored comparably with comparison peers in all areas of social functioning but reported more difficulties with emotional well-being, including more depressive symptomatology and lower self-perceptions. Parent report also indicated more difficulties with emotional well-being. Parents did not report significant differences in externalizing behavior problems. In conclusion, children with hemophilia were not found to be at increased risk of social or behavioral difficulties. However, both children with hemophilia and their parents identified more difficulties with emotional well-being. Nevertheless, approximately all mean scores for both groups remained within the normal range.

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