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Noro Psikiyatr Ars. 2014 Mar;51(1):30-39. doi: 10.4274/npa.y6565. Epub 2014 Mar 1.

The Effect of Sertraline on the Quality of Life for Children and Adolescents with Anxiety Disorder.

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1
Kocaeli University Faculty of Medicine, Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Department of Medicine, Kocaeli, Turkey.
2
Kocaeli University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health, Kocaeli, Turkey.

Abstract

in English, Turkish

INTRODUCTION:

In this study, we aimed to determine the changes in quality of life of children/adolescents with anxiety disorders during six months of sertraline treatment, to investigate parent-child/adolescent concordance in perception of quality of life and to examine the effect of treatment on children/adolescents.

METHODS:

In this study, 30 patients with anxiety disorders according to criteria specified in Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th. Edition (DSM-IV) were assigned to sertraline treatment. The patients were evaluated using the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQL), State-Trait Anxiety Inventory for Children, Clinical Global Impression Scale (CGI) and the Children's Global Assessment Scale (CGAS) at 0th, 2nd and 6th months.

RESULTS:

PedsQL total scores increased significantly with the treatment in children and adolescents (p<.001), however, no differences were observed in parent proxy report (p=.326). The mean CGAS score was 59.85±7.73 at the beginning of treatment and 73.70±7.01 at the end of treatment (p<.001). The average CGI score decreased from 4.68±.96 to 2.27±.84.

CONCLUSION:

It was observed that perception of quality of life in children and adolescents with anxiety disorders increased with the treatment.

KEYWORDS:

Anxiety disorders; adolescents; child; quality of life

Conflict of interest statement

Conflict of interest: The authors reported no conflict of interest related to this article. Çıkar çatışması: Yazarlar bu makale ile ilgili olarak herhangi bir çıkar çatışması bildirmemişlerdir.

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