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Type: Journal article
Title: Mental, emotional, and social problems among school children with asthma
Author: Collins, J.
Gill, T.
Chittleborough, C.
Martin, A.
Taylor, A.
Winefield, H.
Citation: Journal of Asthma, 2008; 45(6):489-493
Publisher: Marcel Dekker Inc
Issue Date: 2008
ISSN: 0277-0903
1532-4303
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Joanne E. Collins, Tiffany K. Gill, Catherine R. Chittleborough, A. James Martin, Anne W. Taylor, Helen Winefield
Abstract: Objectives: To use representative population chronic disease and risk factor data to investigate the relationship between asthma and social factors in school-age children. Methods: Representative cross-sectional data for children 5 to 15 years of age were collected from 2002 to June 2007 (n = 4,611) in the South Australian Monitoring and Surveillance System (SAMSS) using Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviews (CATI). Univariate and multivariate analyses were conducted to investigate the variables that were associated with asthma among children. Results: The overall prevalence of self-reported asthma among children 5 to 15 years of age was 18.6% (95% CI = 17.5-19.8). Children with asthma were more likely to have been treated for a mental health problem, have been unhappy at school, have been absent from school in the last month, have fair or poor overall health and well-being, have ongoing pain or chronic illness, and less likely to have a group of friends to play with. Asthma was also more prevalent among males and less likely to occur in children from households where the gross annual income was greater than $AU80,000. Conclusions: Children with asthma were more likely to be treated for a mental health problem and demonstrate more negative social outcomes as well as poorer overall health and well-being. Asthma management plans need to be sensitive to these psychosocial factors for adequate care of these vulnerable young patients.
Keywords: childhood asthma; psychosocial adjustment; child behavior; mental health
RMID: 0020081388
DOI: 10.1080/02770900802074802
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