Atopic diseases in Children and Adolescents linked with Beha
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In recent decades, both atopic disorders and behavioural issues in children have been on the rise. The aim of this study is to look at the links between atopic diseases and behavioral issues, exploring the differences in child age and how behavioral issues were identified (via self-report or parent-report).

Data on behavioural difficulties, assessed through the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ), and on atopic diseases, assessed through the participant’s medical history, were available for 2701 study participants aged 3 to 18 years. Associations between atopic diseases and behavioural difficulties were evaluated using linear regression analysis. The study sample were splitted into two groups.
I) 3-to 10-year-olds/parent-reported SDQ (n =1764),
II) 11- to 18-year-olds/parent-reported SDQ (n =937) and self-reported SDQ (n =915).
All analysis were adjusted for age, gender, and socioeconomic status.

Results:
--In younger children, atopic dermatitis was strongly associated with higher total difficulties scores, more emotional problems and conduct problems, and more symptoms of hyperactivity/inattention.

--Parents reported higher total difficulties scores, more emotional problems, and more peer-relationship problems for adolescents with bronchial asthma and other allergies, whereas the adolescents themselves reported more peer relationship problems.

Finally, atopic dermatitis is linked to both internalizing and externalizing issues in young children. Bronchial asthma and other allergies are only linked to a higher degree of internalizing symptoms in adolescents. The results also show that parents of adolescents are more likely than adolescents themselves to see links between atopic diseases and behavioural problems.

Source: https://bmcpediatr.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12887-021-02663-7
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