Our objective was to examine health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in publicly insured children with special health care needs (CSHCN). Data were obtained from 183 caregivers of CSHCN (M = 10 years; 54% African American) in urban health clinics. CSHCN had poorer physical and psychosocial HRQOL than children in a normative sample. In regression analysis, children who had more health problems and more health visits in the previous 12 months had poorer physical HRQOL. Poorer psychosocial HRQOL was associated with more health problems and urban life Stressors. Implications for practice and policy are discussed.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Clinical Psychology