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Assessment of the psychological status of children with growth hormone deficiency and their parents

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KSH de Silva ,

Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, LK
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P de Zoysa

Department of Psychological Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, LK
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Abstract

Introduction Children with growth hormone deficiency may have psychological ramifications due to their disease condition. Having a child with growth hormone deficiency may affect the parents' psychological health.

Objectives To assess the psychological health of children with GHD and their parents.

Methods A descriptive cross sectional study was done over four years from July 2006 on children with growth hormone deficiency. The self-administered, culturally validated Personality Assessment Questionnaire (PAQ) was given to children above 8 years of age. By considering seven personality dimensions, the PAQ assesses whether a child is psychologically maladjusted. A score ≥89 indicates such maladjustment. The parents were given the self-administered General Health Questionnaire-30 (GHQ-30). A score ≥4 is indicative of mental health difficulties in the respondent.

Results Fourty of 56 children with GHD were more than 8 years of age and there were 33 boys. According to the PAQ, 24 children (60%: 19 boys) appeared to be psychologically maladjusted. Of the 74 parents (47 mothers) who answered the GHQ-30, forty (54%) were deemed to have mental health difficulties, a majority of them were mothers.

Conclusions Psychological maladjustment was observed in a majority of children in the study and most of their mothers had mental health difficulties.

(Index words: growth hormone deficiency; psychological status; Sri Lankan children)

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/cmj.v56i2.3110

Ceylon Medical Journal 2011; 56: 59-61

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4038/cmj.v56i2.3110
How to Cite: de Silva, K. and de Zoysa, P., 2011. Assessment of the psychological status of children with growth hormone deficiency and their parents. Ceylon Medical Journal, 56(2), pp.59–61. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/cmj.v56i2.3110
Published on 21 Jun 2011.
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