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Psychosocial Issues in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Clinical Report of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.

*Center for Biobehavioral Health, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH †Department of Psychology, RosalindFranklinUniversity of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, IL ‡Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA §Division of Developmental & Behavioral Sciences/Division of Gastroenterology, Children's MercyHospitals and Clinics, Kansas City, MO ||University of Hartford, Hartford, CT ¶Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, Cincinnati Children's HospitalMedical Center, Cincinnati, OH.
Journal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition (Impact Factor: 2.87). 04/2013; 56(4). DOI: 10.1097/MPG.0b013e3182841263
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ABSTRACT Pediatric inflammatory bowel disease(IBD) can affect many areas of psychosocial functioning, and comprehensive medical care includes consideration of psychosocial issues as well as disease factors. The purpose of this clinical report is to review research on psychosocial functioning in pediatric IBD and to provide recommendations for care providers in the areas of psychopathology, health related quality of life and social, family and school functioning. Youth with IBD are at increased risk for difficulty in all areas reviewed, and many psychosocial factors are associated with disease activity, which highlights the importance of monitoring psychosocial functioning as part of clinical care. Several interventions have empirical support or show promise for addressing psychosocial difficulty, and recommendations for monitoring and treating these issues are provided.

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