Behavioral disturbances in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia
Manijeh Firoozi1, Abbas Ghaeed Rahmat2
1Department of psychology & Education, University of Tehran, Iran
2Department of psychology, University of Shahid Allameh Tabatabayii, Tehran, Iran
Abstract: Side effects of chemotherapy, stress and experiencing painful situation probably have been made children with ALL vulnerable to behavioral disorder, but there is no agreement for this, in the literature. The main purpose of the study was investigated how treatment of malignancy and its side effects lead to behavioral disturbance. One hundred and ten (girls=53; boys=57) children with ALL and one hundred and sixteen healthy child (girls=44; boys=72) compare to each other by Disruptive Behavior, Beck Depression Inventory disorder,Children’s level of inhibition and anxiety symptoms. Children with ALL displayed difficulties in some aspects of behaviors, especially in behavioral inhibitory. There was no discrepancy between cancer group and control in anxiety and depression. Children with high anxiety and depression reveal more disruptive behavior disorder and behavioral inhibition. The data demonstrated there was very strong relation between duration of hospital stay and behavior disruption in both of sex. This study suggested to health providers to set interventions for decreasing behavioral problems due to treatment of ALL.
[Manijeh Firoozi, Abbas Ghaeed Rahmat. Behavioral disturbances in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Life Sci J 2013;10(1):2897-2902] (ISSN:1097-8135). http://www.lifesciencesite.com.
Key words: behavior, emotion, disorder, children, malignancy.