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J Asthma. 2008 Aug;45(6):489-93. doi: 10.1080/02770900802074802.

Mental, emotional, and social problems among school children with asthma.

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Department of Health, Population Research and Outcome Studies Unit, South Australia. joanne.collins@adelaide.edu.au

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To use representative population chronic disease and risk factor data to investigate the relationship between asthma and social factors in school-age children.

METHODS:

Representative cross-sectional data for children 5 to 15 years of age were collected from 2002 to June 2007 (n = 4,611) in the South Australian Monitoring and Surveillance System (SAMSS) using Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviews (CATI). Univariate and multivariate analyses were conducted to investigate the variables that were associated with asthma among children.

RESULTS:

The overall prevalence of self-reported asthma among children 5 to 15 years of age was 18.6% (95% CI = 17.5-19.8). Children with asthma were more likely to have been treated for a mental health problem, have been unhappy at school, have been absent from school in the last month, have fair or poor overall health and well-being, have ongoing pain or chronic illness, and less likely to have a group of friends to play with. Asthma was also more prevalent among males and less likely to occur in children from households where the gross annual income was greater than $AU80,000.

CONCLUSIONS:

Children with asthma were more likely to be treated for a mental health problem and demonstrate more negative social outcomes as well as poorer overall health and well-being. Asthma management plans need to be sensitive to these psychosocial factors for adequate care of these vulnerable young patients.

PMID:
18612902
DOI:
10.1080/02770900802074802
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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