Anxiety in Children and Adolescents with Chronic Physical Illnesses: A Meta-Analysis – Source: Acta Paediatrica, Feb 18, 2011

Aim: To compare levels of anxiety of children with chronic illness with healthy peers and population norms.

Methods: Meta-analysis integrated results from 332 studies.

Results: 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.

Conclusions: Pediatricians should screen for anxiety symptoms in children at risk and offer interventions, if needed.

Source: Acta Paediatrica, Feb 18, 2011. PMID: 21332786, by Pinquart M, Shen Y. Philipps University, Marburg, Germany.

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