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Acta Paediatr. 2011 Aug;100(8):1069-76. doi: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2011.02223.x. Epub 2011 Mar 15.

Anxiety in children and adolescents with chronic physical illnesses: a meta-analysis.

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Philipps University, Department of Psychology, Marburg, Germany. pinquart@staff.uni-marburg.de

Abstract

To compare levels of anxiety of children with chronic illness with healthy peers and population norms. Meta-analysis integrated results from 332 studies. Children with chronic illness had elevated levels of anxiety (d=0.18 standard deviation units). Strongest elevations were found for chronic fatigue syndrome, migraine/tension headache, sensory impairment and epilepsy. Paediatricians should screen for anxiety symptoms in children at risk and offer interventions, if needed.

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