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J Asthma. 1998;35(7):553-63.

Development of an instrument to assess stress levels and quality of life in children with asthma.

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  • 1Department of Respiratory Therapy, School of Allied Health Sciences and Graduate Studies, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta 30912-0850, USA.


The purpose of this study was to develop and evaluate a new instrument, About My Asthma (AMA), to assess stressors affecting quality of life in children with asthma. The AMA is a 55-item, 4-point Likert-type scale. Concurrent validity was established by comparing the AMA with the Pediatric Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire (PAQLQ). Increased levels of stress measured by the AMA correlated with a decreased quality of life measured by the PAQLQ. We conclude that the AMA is a valid and reliable instrument to measure the quantity and type of stressors experienced by children who have asthma.

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