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Health anxiety and associated constructs in children and adolescents with congenital heart disease: A CHAMPS cohort study.

Authors
  • Oliver, Amanda M1
  • Wright, Kristi D1
  • Kakadekar, Ashok2
  • Pharis, Scott2
  • Pockett, Charissa2
  • Bradley, Timothy J2
  • Tomczak, Corey R2
  • Erlandson, Marta C2
  • 1 University of Regina, Canada. , (Canada)
  • 2 University of Saskatchewan, Canada. , (Canada)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of health psychology
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2020
Volume
25
Issue
10-11
Pages
1355–1365
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1359105318755263
PMID: 29402140
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

This study explored health anxiety and associated constructs in children and adolescents with congenital heart disease and typically developing children and adolescents. A total of 84 participants (7-16 years) completed measures of health anxiety, intolerance of uncertainty, anxiety sensitivity, and DSM-IV anxiety disorder symptom categories. Results demonstrated that children and adolescents with congenital heart disease experienced significantly higher levels of health anxiety and associated constructs compared to typically developing children and adolescents. Our findings highlight a specific chronic physical health population who may be at risk of clinical levels of health anxiety and related psychopathology and require appropriate intervention.

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