The relationship between the quality of life of children with asthma and family functioning

Michael G. Sawyer, Nicola Spurrier, Declan Kennedy, James Martin

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Abstract

The quality of life of 84 children with asthma, aged 7-12 years, and their family functioning was assessed using standard questionnaires. A significant relationship was found between children's reports of their quality of life and several key dimensions of family functioning. The results suggest that independent of their frequency, the extent to which asthma symptoms upset and bother children varies depending on the level of the functioning of the children's families. Treatment approaches designed to improve family functioning may reduce the extent to which children are bothered by their asthma symptoms and thus improve their quality of life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)279-284
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Asthma
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jun 2001
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Children
  • Family functioning
  • Health-related quality of life

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