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Maternal Factors and the Emotional and Behavioural Functioning of Adolescents With Chronic Health Conditions
Disability and Rehabilitation
  • Nicole Etherington, Western University
  • Janette McDougall, Western University
  • David DeWit, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • Virginia Wright, Bloorview Research Institute
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Purpose: This study investigated the association between mothers’ mental health and education and the emotional and behavioural functioning of adolescents with chronic health conditions over time.

Methods: Data were drawn from an ongoing study. Study participants (N¼363) were recruited through eight children’s rehabilitation centres. Logistic regression models were estimated.

Results: There were significantly reduced odds that girls would display clinical signs of hyperactivity/inattention one year later compared to boys when a maternal mental health condition was present (OR¼0.10; p50.01). Where low maternal education was present, girls were more likely to display peer relationship problems one year later (OR¼3.72; p50.01). For both genders, having a mother with less than a high school education was also associated with conduct problems one year later (OR¼2.89; p50.01). Conclusions: Findings support a link between maternal factors and emotional and behavioural functioning in adolescents with chronic conditions. A holistic and family-centred approach to assessment and service delivery is indicated.


This is an open access article originally published in Disability and Rehabilitation

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Nicole Etherington, Janette McDougall, David DeWit and Virginia Wright. "Maternal Factors and the Emotional and Behavioural Functioning of Adolescents With Chronic Health Conditions" Disability and Rehabilitation Vol. 38 Iss. 14 (2015) p. 1359 - 1369
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