Agreement Between Parents and Children Regarding Anxiety and Depression Diagnoses in Children With Asthma

ArticleinThe Journal of nervous and mental disease 195(11):897-904 · December 2007with5 Reads
DOI: 10.1097/NMD.0b013e318159289c · Source: PubMed
This study examined parent-child agreement regarding anxiety and depressive disorders in youth with asthma and evaluated key demographic and health differences associated with parent-child agreement. Of 756 outpatient youth with asthma, 122 (16.0%) were diagnosed with a DSM-IV anxiety or depression disorder using the Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children (C-DISC). Parents reported on internalizing symptoms using the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL). Logistic regression analyses were used to examine factors related to parent- and child-reported symptom agreement. Low rates of agreement (48.9%) between youth and parents regarding diagnosis of a DSM-IV anxiety or depressive disorder were found among youth with asthma. Increased agreement was associated with higher externalizing behavior score on the CBCL and more anxiety and depressive symptoms on the C-DISC. Children without behavioral problems and with less severe anxiety and depression were recognized significantly less often by their parents.
    • "Reported behavioral characteristics indicate that of the children taking allergies and asthma medications, approximately the same number of children exhibit externalizing characteristics (27%; n = 32) as internalizing characteristics (28%; n = 35) and maladaptive characteristics (27%; n = 32). However, this may be due to the belief that externalizing behaviors are easier for caregivers to track and recall, when compared to internalizing behaviors (Rockhill et al., 2007). The association between mental health issues and childhood asthma is particularly important for caregivers and education professionals to understand, since current research indicates that the mental health of caregivers of children with asthma may be more important than the mental health of children with asthma (Feldman et al., 2011). "
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    • "This aligns with a report (Non-Hispanic Black = 75%, Hispanic = 23%) that demonstrated significant association between children's anxiety and depression and both interpersonal relationships and peer network extensiveness (Berz, 2005). Another study found that parental recognition of anxiety and depression was more frequent if children who had asthma exhibited behavioral problems (Rockhill et al., 2007). One report discussed the problems of recognizing internalizing disorders in youth with asthma by the health care system. "
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