Assessment of psychopathology, quality of life and parental behaviours of children and adolescents with obesity

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Onder A., Kavurma C., Celmeli G., Surer Adanir A., ÖZATALAY E.

IZMIR DR BEHCET UZ COCUK HASTANESI DERGISI, vol.8, no.1, pp.51-58, 2018 (ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 8 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.5222/buchd.2018.051
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.51-58
  • Keywords: Obesity, quality of life, parents, psychopathology, CHILDHOOD OBESITY, OVERWEIGHT, VALIDITY, STYLES, RELIABILITY, DISORDERS, OLD
  • Akdeniz University Affiliated: Yes


Objective: This study aims to investigate to the psychopathology, quality of life, perception and self-image of children and adolescents who were diagnosed with obesity; as well as attitudes, and coping strategies of their parents and their interrelationships.& para;& para;Methods: Our study was conducted on 30 patients aged 8 -18 years who applied to the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology of Department of Children's Health and Disease of Akdeniz University with BMIs of 2 SD above the normal BMI, hut without any history Of mental retardation, and psychiatric consultations. Thirty age-, and gender-matched volunteered children, and adolescents aged 8-18 years without any medical disease or history of application to the outpatient clinics of pediatric psychiatry for any reason were included in the control group. Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia for School-Age Children-Present, and Lifetime Version was applied to all children, and adolescents. Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale was used to evaluate their self-esteem. The Quality of Life Scale for Children was applied to the children and adolescents as well as their parents. To determine the methods of child rearing and coping strategies with stress, parents were given the Family Life and Child Rearing Demeanours Scale and the Coping Strategies Scale.& para;& para;Results: No differences were found between both groups regarding attitudes of parents, and their coping strategies. A higher percentage of psychiatric illnesses was found in the obese group. Parents' perceptions of quality of life their children were inferior to others when compared with the healthy controls. When mothers of the two groups were compared, higher incidence of obesity was observed in the mothers of the obese children.& para;& para;Conclusion: Contrary to parents, perceptions of the children concerning their quality of life indicated that they were not aware of the problems as much as their parents which demonstrates that potential risk of development of problems in the future may be more dramatic.