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J Pediatr Psychol. 1998 Feb;23(1):5-15.

Relationship of parental psychological distress to consequences of chronic health conditions in children.

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Department of Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York 10461, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess whether parents' self-reported psychological distress was related to consequences of chronic health conditions in their children as reflected by three domains: functional limitations, reliance on compensatory mechanisms, and service use above routine care.

METHODS:

We used telephone survey data on children's health and parents' psychiatric symptoms from an inner-city community sample (n = 380) and a population-based national sample (n =398).

RESULTS:

In the national sample, parents of children with functional limitations were more distressed than parents whose children experienced other types of condition consequences or none. In the inner-city sample, presence of a health condition was associated with greater parental distress, but there were no significant effects by consequence type.

CONCLUSION:

Research needs to determine if parents of children with functional limitations represent a high-risk group and to identify the factors associated with their elevated distress.

PMID:
9564123
DOI:
10.1093/jpepsy/23.1.5
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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