Behavioural and emotional problems in children and adolescents with congenital heart disease

Elisabeth M.W.J. Utens, Frank C. Verhulst, Folkert J. Meijboom, Hugo J. Duiven voorden, Rudolph A.M. Erdman, Egbert Bos, Jost C. Roelandt, John Hess

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Abstract

Behavioural/emotional problems were assessed at least nine years after surgical correction for congenital heart disease (ConHD) in childhood. Parents of 144 10—15-year-old ConHD-children completed the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) and 179, 11-17-year-old, ConHD-adolescents completed the Youth Self-Report (YSR). On the CBCL and YSR ConHD-children and adolescents obtained significantly higher problem scores than same-aged peers from normative reference groups. No significant differences were found between problem scores for different cardiac diagnostic groups. A negative correlation was found between CBCL total problem scores and IQ-scores of ConHD-children; for YSR total problem scores no such relationship was found.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)415-424
Number of pages10
JournalPsychological Medicine
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1993
Externally publishedYes

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