The Psychological Problems among Children Suffering from Chronic Diseases
Zeinab Fathy El-Sayed1 and Asmaa Hafez Afefe Barakat2
1Pediatrics Nursing Department and Psychiatric 2Mental Health Nursing Department, Faculty of nursing - Ain Shams University
Abstract: Aim: this study aims to assess the psychological problems of children suffering from chronic diseases. Methods: A cross-sectional analytic design was used in conduction of this study as a research methodology. The study was conducted at inpatients and outpatients clinics of pediatrics hospital affiliated to Ain Shams University hospital. Sample: A purposive sample involved 310 children suffering from chronic diseases namely asthma, diabetes mellitus, renal failure, malignancy, epilepsy, and chronic heart diseases.Tools: Different tools were used for data collection involved questionnaire sheets to assess psychological problems, psychometric assessment (depression inventory, anxiety scale, loneliness scale, self-esteem inventory). Results: The study revealed that children with chronic illness are vulnerable to suffer from psychological problems (anxiety, depression, loneliness and low self esteem). It can be concluded that, chronic diseases have psychological impact on the affected children. Anxiety, depression, loneliness and low self esteem are common feelings experienced by children suffering from chronic diseases.
[Zeinab Fathy El-Sayed and Asmaa Hafez Afefe Barakat. The Psychological Problems among Children Suffering from Chronic Diseases. Life Sci J 2013;10(1):1676-1683] (ISSN: 1097-8135).http://www.lifesciencesite.com.
Key word: Stress, chronic diseases, asthma, epilepsy, diabetes mellitus, malignancy, chronic heart diseases.