The relation of stress and family environment to atopic dermatitis symptoms in children

The relation of stress and family environment to symptom severity in children with atopic dermatitis was examined

Karen M. Gil; Francis J. Keefe; Hugh A. Sampson; Cynthia C. McCaskill; Judith Rodin; James E. Crisson

2002

Scholarcy highlights

  • The relation of stress and family environment to symptom severity in children with atopic dermatitis was examined
  • Measures of symptom severity were collected during medical evaluation and included an estimate of body surface affected by AD, course of AD symptoms over time, medication usage, and scratching intensity during the day and night
  • Regression analyses indicated that the measures of stress and family environment were important predictors of symptom severity even after controlling for demographic and medical status variables such as age and serum IgE level
  • These results have important implications for health care professionals working with children who have AD
  • Portions of these data were presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine in Washington, DC in March, 1987

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