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Type: Journal article
Title: What determines knowledge of asthma among young people and their families?
Author: Barton, C.
Abramson, M.
Aroni, R.
Stewart, K.
Thien, F.
Sawyer, S.
Citation: Journal of Asthma, 2002; 39(8):701-709
Publisher: Marcel Dekker Inc
Issue Date: 2002
ISSN: 0277-0903
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Christopher Barton, Michael Abramson, Rosalie Aroni, Kay Stewart, Francis Thien and Susan Sawyer
Abstract: In this analysis, we sought to determine factors that predicted the level of asthma knowledge in a sample of adolescents with asthma and their parents. Eighty-five young people aged 10-24 years attending tertiary care asthma clinics and 46 of their parents answered validated respiratory and asthma knowledge questionnaires. Older adolescents were more knowledgeable about asthma than were younger adolescents (r=0.36, p=0.001). Young people with severe asthma (p=0.015) scored higher on the asthma knowledge questionnaire than those with mild/moderate asthma. Asthma knowledge among young people was related to that of their mothers (r=0.47, p=0.014), however, only age and the asthma knowledge of fathers significantly predicted adolescent asthma knowledge. Adolescents develop increasing autonomy for asthma self-management as they mature, but parents remain an important source of information about asthma for young people.
Keywords: Humans; Asthma; Anti-Asthmatic Agents; Severity of Illness Index; Linear Models; Cohort Studies; Predictive Value of Tests; Parent-Child Relations; Age Factors; Knowledge; Child Welfare; Adolescent; Adult; Child; Family Health; Australia; Female; Male; Surveys and Questionnaires
RMID: 0020075947
DOI: 10.1081/JAS-120015793
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