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Utility-based quality of life in mothers of children with behaviour problems: a population-based study

Le, Ha N.D., Gulenc, Alisha, Gold, Lisa, Sarkadi, Anna, Ukoumunne, Obioha C., Bayer, Jordana, Wake, Melissa and Hiscock, Harriet 2016, Utility-based quality of life in mothers of children with behaviour problems: a population-based study, Journal of paediatrics and child health, vol. 52, no. 12, pp. 1075-1080, doi: 10.1111/jpc.13269.

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Title Utility-based quality of life in mothers of children with behaviour problems: a population-based study
Author(s) Le, Ha N.D.
Gulenc, Alisha
Gold, LisaORCID iD for Gold, Lisa orcid.org/0000-0002-2733-900X
Sarkadi, Anna
Ukoumunne, Obioha C.
Bayer, Jordana
Wake, Melissa
Hiscock, Harriet
Journal name Journal of paediatrics and child health
Volume number 52
Issue number 12
Start page 1075
End page 1080
Total pages 6
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016-12
ISSN 1440-1754
Keyword(s) behaviour problems
children
health-related quality of life
mental health
Summary AIM: To examine the relationship between mothers' health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and child behaviour problems at age 2 years. To investigate whether the relationship between maternal HRQoL and child behaviour problems is independent of maternal mental health.

METHODS: Cross-sectional survey nested within a population-level, cluster randomised trial, which aims to prevent early child behaviour problems. One hundred and sixty mothers of 2-year-old children, in nine local government areas in Victoria, Australia. HRQoL was measured using the Assessment of Quality of Life 6D and child behaviour was measured using the child behaviour checklist (CBCL/1.5-5 years). Maternal mental health was measured using the Depression Anxiety Stress Scale. Data were collected at child age 2 years; demographic data were collected at child age 8 months.

RESULTS: HRQoL was lower for mothers with children that had borderline/clinical behaviour problems compared to those with children without problems (mean difference -0.14, 95% confidence interval (CI): -0.16 to -0.12, P < 0.001). The finding did not markedly change when adjusting for household income, financial security, child gender, child temperament and intervention group status at child age 8 months (mean difference -0.12, 95% CI: -0.15 to -0.09, P < 0.001), but did attenuate when additionally adjusting for concurrent maternal mental health (mean difference -0.03, 95% CI: -0.05 to -0.02, P < 0.001).

CONCLUSIONS: Child behaviour problems were associated with lower maternal HRQoL. Child behaviour problems prevention programmes could consider this association with maternal HRQoL and be designed to improve and report both mothers' and their child's health and wellbeing.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/jpc.13269
Field of Research 111707 Family Care
1114 Paediatrics And Reproductive Medicine
Socio Economic Objective 0 Not Applicable
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Paediatrics and Child Health Division (The Royal Australasian College of Physicians)
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30087026

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Population Health
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