Objective. Studies performed in adolescents and adults with asthma have shown an increased Incidence of depression in these populations. The aim of this study was to investigate the incidence of symptoms of depression in young children with asthma. Method. Twenty children (10 asthmatic and 10 controls) aged 37 to 47 months from La Garrotxa were eligible for this study. The tests performed were. Child Behaviour Checklist (CBCL) (Achenbach, Edelbrock, 1983). The Preschool Symptoms Self Report (PRESS) (Martini, Strayhorn and Puig-Antich, 1990), Screening Batelle (Newborg, Stock and Wnek, 1989) and the analysis of salivary cortisol. Results. The group of asthmatic children had higher scores in all tests performed, specially an the PRESS test. Conclusions. Young children of pre-school age may also show symptoms of depression. These findings need to be considered in the evaluation and treatment of children with asthma.
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 1998|