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Children with bowel disease prone to emotional problems

emotional and social functioning of 50 children with active IBD as well as those in remission. They wanted to see if there was a relationship between these factors and the severity of the illness, family functioning and self-esteem.

Mackner reported the team's findings August 8 in Toronto at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association.

Inflammatory bowel disease is really a group of chronic intestinal disorders, and the course of the disease is often unpredictable. Symptoms result from inflammation of the bowel, and may include abdominal pain, bleeding and diarrhea. Children diagnosed with IBD are often given a combination of medications, including drugs that affect the immune system, with side effects that range from mild to severe, such as vomiting, diarrhea, rash, hair loss, pancreatitis, bone loss and decreased white blood cell counts.

Children ages 11 to 17 and their parents and teachers were asked to complete questionnaires. Questions covered self-esteem, body image and behavioral, emotional, social, school, and family functioning. Parents were asked to rate how their child behaved socially and emotionally at home, while teachers were asked to describe each child's behavior at school. The children described themselves by filling out a self-esteem and body image checklist.

According to parental reports, more than three times as many children with mild IBD
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Contact: Laura Mackner
MacknerL@chi.osu.edu
614-722-4700
Ohio State University
8-Aug-2003


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