Full Title: Anxiety in Children and Adolescents with Chronic Physical Illnesses: A Meta-Analysis.
Authors: Pinquart M, Shen Y.
Publication: Acta Paediatrica
Publication Date: 18 February 2011
Philipps University, Marburg, Germany.
To compare levels of anxiety of children with chronic illness with healthy peers and population norms.
Meta-analysis integrated results from 332 studies.
Children with chronic illness had elevated levels of anxiety (d=.18 standard deviation units). Strongest elevations were found for chronic fatigue syndrome, migraine/tension headache, sensory impairment, and epilepsy.
Paediatricians should screen for anxiety symptoms in children at risk and offer interventions, if needed.
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