Anxiety in children and adolescents with chronic physical illnesses: a meta-analysis
Version of Record online: 15 MAR 2011
© 2011 The Author(s)/Acta Pædiatrica © 2011 Foundation Acta Pædiatrica
Volume 100, Issue 8, pages 1069–1076, August 2011
How to Cite
Pinquart, M. and Shen, Y. (2011), Anxiety in children and adolescents with chronic physical illnesses: a meta-analysis. Acta Paediatrica, 100: 1069–1076. doi: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2011.02223.x
- Issue online: 5 JUL 2011
- Version of Record online: 15 MAR 2011
- Accepted manuscript online: 18 FEB 2011 09:35AM EST
- Received 27 October 2010; revised 10 December 2010; accepted 11 February 2011.
- Chronic illness;
- Mental health;
To compare levels of anxiety of children with chronic illness with healthy peers and population norms. Meta-analysis integrated results from 332 studies. Children with chronic illness had elevated levels of anxiety (d = 0.18 standard deviation units). Strongest elevations were found for chronic fatigue syndrome, migraine/tension headache, sensory impairment and epilepsy. Paediatricians should screen for anxiety symptoms in children at risk and offer interventions, if needed.