Background:Literature suggests that Specific Learning Disorders (SpLD) can cause impairment ofHealth-Related Quality of Life (HRQoL) and psychological well-being of children, and that thiscondition potentially affects parents’quality of life and well-being too.Aims:This study aimsfirst to explore HRQoL and psychological well-being among children withSpLD and second among mothers of children with SpLD.Methods and procedures:Thirty children aged 8–14 years diagnosed as having SpLD and theirmothers completed a battery of scales to assess children’s HRQoL and psychological well-being.Mothers also completed a battery of instruments to explore their personal HRQoL and psycho-logical well-being.Results:Compared with the general population, children with SpLD reported significantly lowerlevel of psychosocial health, and mothers had a higher probability of being anxious and/or de-pressed.Conclusions and implications:This study supports previous research about impaired HRQoL,symptoms of generalized anxiety, school-related anxiety and depressed mood in children withSpLD. Moreover, it provides evidence that mothers of children with SpLD may experience stressin coping with their child’s disability and develop socio-emotional symptoms such as anxiety.Implications concern the need to implement effective supportive services among children withSpLD and their parents.

Health-related quality of life and psychological wellbeing of children with Specific Learning Disorders and their mothers

Matteucci, Maria Cristina
;
Tomasetto, Carlo;Selleri, Patrizia
2019

Abstract

Background:Literature suggests that Specific Learning Disorders (SpLD) can cause impairment ofHealth-Related Quality of Life (HRQoL) and psychological well-being of children, and that thiscondition potentially affects parents’quality of life and well-being too.Aims:This study aimsfirst to explore HRQoL and psychological well-being among children withSpLD and second among mothers of children with SpLD.Methods and procedures:Thirty children aged 8–14 years diagnosed as having SpLD and theirmothers completed a battery of scales to assess children’s HRQoL and psychological well-being.Mothers also completed a battery of instruments to explore their personal HRQoL and psycho-logical well-being.Results:Compared with the general population, children with SpLD reported significantly lowerlevel of psychosocial health, and mothers had a higher probability of being anxious and/or de-pressed.Conclusions and implications:This study supports previous research about impaired HRQoL,symptoms of generalized anxiety, school-related anxiety and depressed mood in children withSpLD. Moreover, it provides evidence that mothers of children with SpLD may experience stressin coping with their child’s disability and develop socio-emotional symptoms such as anxiety.Implications concern the need to implement effective supportive services among children withSpLD and their parents.
Matteucci, Maria Cristina; Scalone, Luciana; Tomasetto, Carlo; Cavrini, Giulia; Selleri, Patrizia
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