Parents' perception of the quality of life of preschool children at risk or having developmental disabilities.

Lau, Ka-Ming, Chow, Susanna and Lo, Sing Kai 2006, Parents' perception of the quality of life of preschool children at risk or having developmental disabilities., Quality of life research, vol. 15, no. 7, pp. 1133-1141.

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Title Parents' perception of the quality of life of preschool children at risk or having developmental disabilities.
Author(s) Lau, Ka-Ming
Chow, Susanna
Lo, Sing Kai
Journal name Quality of life research
Volume number 15
Issue number 7
Start page 1133
End page 1141
Publisher Springer-Verlag
Place of publication Dordrecht, The Netherlands
Publication date 2006-09
ISSN 0962-9343
1573-2649
Keyword(s) developmental disabilities
parent-perceived quality of life
health-related quality of life
Summary Despite increased concern for the health related quality of life (HRQOL) of people with disabilities, little is known about the HRQOL of children with developmental disabilities. The present study aimed to explore the HRQOL of children who were at risk or having developmental disabilities in Hong Kong. Using the parent-reported Chinese Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQL), the HRQOL of 173 children (2–4 years) with signs of delays in development was contrasted with that of 132 children with typical development. We found that those who exhibited high risk of developing a developmental disability had significantly lower overall well-being (76.3 ± 13.7 vs. 84.2 ± 11.3; p<0.001) and psychosocial health (71.3 ± 15.6 vs. 82.5 ± 12.9; p<0.001) but not necessarily physical health. The findings are consistent with previous findings in children with different disabilities and chronic illnesses. They suggest children at risk or having DDs need help in restoring their quality of life up to the standard experienced by their healthy peers, particular in psychosocial aspects such as social functioning, emotion functioning, and school functioning.
Language eng
Field of Research 111704 Community Child Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Springer
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Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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