Health-related quality of life of children with newly diagnosed specific learning disability

Sunil Karande, Kirankumar Bhosrekar, Madhuri Kulkarni, Arpita Thakker

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Abstract

The objective of this study was to measure health-related quality of life (HRQL) of children with newly diagnosed specific learning disability (SpLD) using the Child Health Questionnaire-Parent Form 50®. We detected clinically significant deficits (effect size ≥-0.5) in 9 out of 12 domains: limitations in family activities, emotional impact on parents, social limitations as a result of emotional-behavioral problems, time impact on parents, general behavior, physical functioning, social limitations as a result of physical health, general health perceptions and mental health; and in both summary scores (psychosocial > physical). Multivariate analysis revealed having ≥ 1 non-academic problem(s) (p < 0.0001), attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (p = 0.005) or first-born status (p = 0.009) predicted a poor psychosocial summary score; and having ≥1 non-academic problem(s) (p = 0.006) or first-born status (p = 0.035) predicted a poor physical summary score. HRQL is significantly compromised in children having newly diagnosed SpLD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)160-169
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Tropical Pediatrics
Volume55
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Dyslexia
  • Quality of life
  • Socio economic factors
  • Students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine

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