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Association of allergic diseases with children’s life satisfaction: population-based study in Finland.

Association of allergic diseases with children’s life satisfaction: population-based study in Finland.
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Haanpää L, Af Ursin P, Nermes M, Kaljonen A, Isolauri E,


Haanpää L, Af Ursin P, Nermes M, Kaljonen A, Isolauri E, (click to view)

Haanpää L, Af Ursin P, Nermes M, Kaljonen A, Isolauri E,

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BMJ open 2018 03 308(3) e019281 doi 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-019281
Abstract
OBJECTIVE
To assess the impact of allergic diseases on the subjective well-being and life satisfaction of primary-school children.

DESIGN
Population-based cohort.

SETTING
Finnish sample of children ages 10 and 12 from the International Survey of Children’s Well-Being.

PARTICIPANTS
Nationally representative sample of 1947 school children.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE
Two different instruments to assess the child’s own perception of well-being, the short version of the Student Life Satisfaction Scale (SLSS) and the Brief Multidimensional Student Life Satisfaction Scale (BMSLSS).

RESULTS
Altogether, 51.4% of children reported having at least one allergic condition (10.1% asthma, 23.8% eczema and 40.3% seasonal allergic rhinitis). A statistically significant distinction in life satisfaction emerged between non-allergic and allergic children (inferior in the latter). In particular, children with eczema were more likely to report a reduction in life satisfaction compared with non-allergic children (SLSS β=-128.220; BMSLSS β=-90.694; p<0.01). Apart from freedom from eczema, good life satisfaction was associated with a physically active lifestyle. CONCLUSIONS
Active allergic disease reduces the child’s own perception of well-being. During clinical visits, more attention should be paid to the child’s psychosocial status and impairments, which may differ substantially from those of parents or medical authorities.

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