Accession Number:

ADA634048

Title:

Psychosocial Evaluation of Children with Endocrine Disease

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIV OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES BETHESDA MD

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1985-03-12

Pagination or Media Count:

33.0

Abstract:

In an effort to document psychosocial effects of chronic illness in children, groups of adolescent males with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus or short staturedelayed adolescent maturation were surveyed, and results compared to those of a control group. Each childs self-esteem, social competence, behavior problems, and his parents attitudes toward child rearing were measured using questionnaires. No significant differences were found between groups for the childs self-esteem. Short stature boys rated themselves less socially competent than did control group boys. Parents of both illness groups rated their children as having more behavior problems than did control group parents. Although group means for parent attitudes did not differ, there were different patterns of correlation between the attitudes and the childs social competence and behavior problems. Results indicate that specific aspects of a disorder must be considered in any attempt to improve the psychosocial adjustment of a chronically ill child.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE