A comparative study of psychological problems of children suffering from cancer, epilepsy and asthma

  • Ashiq Ali Shah
  • Azizah Othman

Abstract

This study examines the psychological problems of chronicallyill Malaysian children. The sample consisted of 63 parents of childrensuffering from cancer, epilepsy and asthma. The Child behavior checklist(CBCL; Achenbach, 1991) for ages 4-18 with its subscales of internalizing,externalizing, thought, attention and social problems was used to assess thebehavioral problems of the children as perceived by their parents. The data were collected from the pediatric outpatients and wards of Kuala Lumpur General Hospital. The data were analyzed for differences between children suffering from cancer, epilepsy and asthma on the CBCL and its subscales using oneway analyses of variance. A priori comparisons were computed between oneillness and a combination of other two illnesses to substantiate the findingsof ANOVAs. The findings supported our hypothesis that children sufferingfrom cancer, epilepsy and asthma differed in the degree of their psychologicalproblems. The results demonstrated that children suffering from cancer hadmore internalizing problems as compared to the children suffering fromepilepsy and asthma. The results also indicated the presence of more thought,attention and social problems in the case of epileptic children compared tocancer and asthmatic children. Contrary to our hypothesis, the cancer childrenshowed more externalizing problems than the asthmatic children.
Published
2017-06-30
How to Cite
SHAH, Ashiq Ali; OTHMAN, Azizah. A comparative study of psychological problems of children suffering from cancer, epilepsy and asthma. Intellectual Discourse, [S.l.], v. 25, n. 1, june 2017. ISSN 2289-5639. Available at: <http://journals.iium.edu.my/intdiscourse/index.php/islam/article/view/996>. Date accessed: 21 nov. 2017.
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