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Correlates of depressive and anxiety symptoms in young adults with spina bifida

Bellin, MH and Zabel, TA and Dicianno, BE and Levey, E and Garver, K and Linroth, R and Braun, P (2010) Correlates of depressive and anxiety symptoms in young adults with spina bifida. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 35 (7). 778 - 789. ISSN 0146-8693

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Objective Based on social ecological theory, this study was designed to examine the unique relationships between multi-level ecological factors and psychological symptoms in young adults with spina bifida (SB).Method A sample of 61 individuals with SB, 18-25 years of age, completed standardized self-report measures of attitude toward SB, satisfaction with family functioning, Chronic Care Model (CCM) services, and depressive and anxiety symptoms. A chart review yielded SB clinical data. Results High rates of depressive and anxiety symptoms were found. Hierarchical regression analysis identified the proximal individual (attitude toward SB) and family (satisfaction with family functioning) factors as more strongly related to depressive symptoms than the distal healthcare system factor (CCM services). Self-reported pain was the only ecological factor associated with anxiety symptoms. Conclusions Study findings provide a potential foundation for multi-factor screening of young adults with SB at risk for psychological symptoms. © 2009 The Author. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Society of Pediatric Psychology. All rights reserved.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Bellin, MH
Zabel, TA
Dicianno, BEdicianno@pitt.eduDICIANNO0000-0003-0738-0192
Levey, E
Garver, K
Linroth, R
Braun, P
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Human Engineering Research Laboratories
Date: 1 August 2010
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Pediatric Psychology
Volume: 35
Number: 7
Page Range: 778 - 789
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsp094
Schools and Programs: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences > Rehabilitation Science and Technology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0146-8693
MeSH Headings: Adolescent; Adult; Anxiety--psychology; Attitude to Health; Depression--psychology; Family--psychology; Female; Humans; Male; Personal Satisfaction; Questionnaires; Regression Analysis; Severity of Illness Index; Social Support; Spinal Dysraphism--psychology
Other ID: NLM PMC2908707
PubMed Central ID: PMC2908707
PubMed ID: 19880443
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2012 18:32
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 00:55


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