Brief report: Parental perceptions of child vulnerability in children with chronic illness.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

OBJECTIVE: To determine the extent to which parental perceptions of child vulnerability predict school and social adjustment in children with chronic illness. METHODS: Sixty-nine child-parent dyads were recruited from pediatric rheumatology and pulmonary clinics. Parents completed a self-report measure of parental perceptions of child vulnerability. Children completed measures of social adjustment. Parents also provided written permission to obtain school attendance records. Physicians provided a global assessment of children's disease severity. RESULTS: Increased parental perceptions of child vulnerability were related to increased social anxiety in children, even after controlling for child age and disease severity. Lower levels of parental education related to both increased perceptions of child vulnerability and increased school absences. CONCLUSIONS: Health providers should assess parental beliefs and parenting practices in assessing the adjustment of children with chronic illness. Moreover, interventions aimed at enhancing child adjustment to chronic illness might best target parents as well as children.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Anthony, KK; Gil, KM; Schanberg, LE

Published Date

  • April 2003

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 28 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 185 - 190

PubMed ID

  • 12654943

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0146-8693

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/jpepsy/jsg005


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States