Environmental contributions to social and mental health outcomes following pediatric stroke

Greenham, Mardee, Hearps, Stephen, Gomes, Alison, Rinehart, Nicole, Gonzalez, Linda, Gordon, Anne, Mackay, Mark, Lo, Warren, Yeates, Keith and Anderson, Vicki 2015, Environmental contributions to social and mental health outcomes following pediatric stroke, Developmental neuropsychology, vol. 40, no. 6, pp. 348-362, doi: 10.1080/87565641.2015.1095191.

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Title Environmental contributions to social and mental health outcomes following pediatric stroke
Author(s) Greenham, Mardee
Hearps, Stephen
Gomes, Alison
Rinehart, NicoleORCID iD for Rinehart, Nicole orcid.org/0000-0001-6109-3958
Gonzalez, Linda
Gordon, Anne
Mackay, Mark
Lo, Warren
Yeates, Keith
Anderson, Vicki
Journal name Developmental neuropsychology
Volume number 40
Issue number 6
Start page 348
End page 362
Total pages 15
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2015-08
ISSN 1532-6942
Summary Mental health and social outcomes following acquired brain injury (ABI) in children are often considered to be due to brain insult, but other factors, such as environment, may also play a role. We assessed mental health and social function in children with chronic illness, with and without stroke (a form of ABI), and typically developing (TD) controls to examine environmental influences on these outcomes. We recruited 36 children diagnosed with stroke, 15 with chronic asthma, and 43 TD controls. Children and parents completed questionnaires rating child mental health and social function and distal and proximal environment. TD children had significantly less internalizing and social problems than stroke and asthma groups, and engaged in more social activities than children with stroke. Poorer parent mental health predicted more internalizing and social problems and lower social participation. Family dysfunction was associated with internalizing problems. Lower parent education contributed to children's social function. Children with chronic illness are at elevated risk of poorer mental health and social function. Addition of brain insult leads to poorer social participation. Quality of home environment contributes to children's outcomes, suggesting that supporting parent and family function provides an opportunity to optimize child mental health and social outcomes.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/87565641.2015.1095191
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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