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Longitudinal analysis of emotional problems in children with congenital heart defects: a follow-up from age 6 to 36 months


Stene-Larsen, K; Brandlistuen, R E; Holmstrøm, H; Landolt, M A; Eskedal, L T; Engdahl, B; Vollrath, M E (2011). Longitudinal analysis of emotional problems in children with congenital heart defects: a follow-up from age 6 to 36 months. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 32(6):526-532.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:
To investigate whether children with varying severity of congenital heart defects (CHDs) have a higher risk of internalizing or externalizing emotional problems at 36 months of age. In addition, to analyze whether a history of emotional problems at 6 or 18 months of age increases the risk of emotional problems at 36 months in children with CHDs.

METHODS:
Prospective data from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study, conducted by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, was linked with a nationwide CHD registry, and 175 children with CHDs were identified in a cohort of 44,104 children aged 36 months. Maternal reports on child characteristics were assessed by questionnaires at child age 6, 18, and 36 months.

RESULTS:
Children with CHDs did not have elevated scores on internalizing or externalizing problems at 36 months of age compared with controls. Not even the children with CHDs with a history of emotional problems at age 6 or 18 months showed an increased risk.

CONCLUSIONS:
The absence of risk of emotional problems at 36 months of age in children with CHDs could be a consequence of the completion of the most extensive medical treatment.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:
To investigate whether children with varying severity of congenital heart defects (CHDs) have a higher risk of internalizing or externalizing emotional problems at 36 months of age. In addition, to analyze whether a history of emotional problems at 6 or 18 months of age increases the risk of emotional problems at 36 months in children with CHDs.

METHODS:
Prospective data from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study, conducted by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, was linked with a nationwide CHD registry, and 175 children with CHDs were identified in a cohort of 44,104 children aged 36 months. Maternal reports on child characteristics were assessed by questionnaires at child age 6, 18, and 36 months.

RESULTS:
Children with CHDs did not have elevated scores on internalizing or externalizing problems at 36 months of age compared with controls. Not even the children with CHDs with a history of emotional problems at age 6 or 18 months showed an increased risk.

CONCLUSIONS:
The absence of risk of emotional problems at 36 months of age in children with CHDs could be a consequence of the completion of the most extensive medical treatment.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Children's Hospital Zurich > Medical Clinic
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:September 2011
Deposited On:24 Oct 2011 12:25
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:03
Publisher:Lippincott Wiliams & Wilkins
ISSN:0196-206X
Funders:Norwegian Research Council
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1097/DBP.0b013e3182202d2b
PubMed ID:21654335

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