Health-related quality of life and psychosocial developmental trajectory in young female beneficiaries with JIA

Lotte Haverman, Eefje J. Verhoof, Heleen Maurice-stam, Hugo S.A. Heymans, Daniëlle M. Gerlag, Marion A.J. van Rossum, Martha A. Grootenhuis

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Objectives: It is generally recognized that for all children the fulfilling of age-specific psychosocial developmental tasks in childhood is of great importance to adjustment in adult life, including participation in society. For young adults with JIA this is more difficult. We assume that the achievement of psychosocial milestones while growing up (psychosocial developmental trajectory) is also related to labour participation. A proportion of all young adults with JIA have to apply for disability benefits. This study assessed the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) and the psychosocial developmental trajectory of young female beneficiaries with JIA compared with peers from the Dutch general population. Methods: Young females with disability benefits because of JIA completed the RAND-36 (HRQOL) and the Course of Life Questionnaire (psychosocial developmental trajectory). Differences between respondents and the peer group were tested using analysis of variance and logistic regression analysis by group and age. Results: The beneficiaries reported worse HRQOL than the peer group and achieved fewer milestones, or achieved the milestones at a later age than the peer group in the autonomy, social and psychosexual domain. Conclusions: Young females with JIA who have to apply for disability benefits are at risk for impaired HRQOL and a delay in their psychosocial developmental trajectory. Parents, physicians and other health-care providers should pay systematic attention to the development of social and independent functioning of children with JIA in order to optimize their adaptation to society at the time of transition to adulthood.

Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)368-374
Aantal pagina's7
Nummer van het tijdschrift2
StatusGepubliceerd - feb. 2012
Extern gepubliceerdJa


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