Psychosocial functioning of children with systemic lupus erythematosus
Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 06/29/2012
Louthrenoo O et al. – Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a multi–system involvement disease with wide ranging effects on children's physical and psychosocial functioning. However, children with SLE, during inactive disease, were not found to be at increased risk of psychosocial dysfunctions.Methods
- Children with SLE and healthy controls, aged 8–15 years, were studied.
- Disease remission was confirmed by using the SLE Disease Activity Index (SLEDAI).
- The Children's Depression Inventory (CDI) and Multidimensional Anxiety Scale for Children (MASC) were rated by the children themselves.
- The Child Behaviour Checklist was completed by their parents.
- The sample included 40 children with SLE and 40 controls.
- Their mean age was 12.9 ± 2.1 and 12.1 ± 1.8 years in the SLE and control groups, respectively. The average duration of the disease was 2.6 years.
- The SLEDAI in the SLE group ranged from 0–1, indicating inactive disease. The mean CDI scores were 8.9 and 10.9 in lupus children and controls, respectively.
- The mean MASC score was 44.7 in children with SLE and 48.4 in controls.