Journal article

Anxiety in children and adolescents with cerebral palsy

Jane McMahon, Adrienne Harvey, Susan M Reid, Tamara May, Giuliana Antolovich



AIMS: To describe the prevalence of, and factors associated with, anxiety in 6-18-year-old children with cerebral palsy (CP) and determine how often clinicians screen for and manage anxiety in this group. METHODS: Using a population CP register as the sampling pool, 569 families were approached by email, and 172 (mean age of children 12 years 7 months [SD 3 years 5 months]; 96 males) participated. Parents and, where able, children completed the Screen for Child Anxiety Related Emotional Disorders (SCARED). Parents also completed the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire. Children's medical records were searched for previous anxiety diagnoses and treatments. RESULTS: Clinically significant..

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Funding Acknowledgements

SM Reid received salary support from an Early Career Fellowship from Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council. We are grateful to the Victorian Cerebral Palsy Register (funded by the Victorian Department of Health and the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation) for their facilitation of participant recruitment and survey distribution, as well as providing demographic data essential for this study. We thank Ms. Poh Chua for her assistance in searching the medical literature. We also thank Ms. Kim Jachno for statistical input in the development of this research. Infrastructure support was provided by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program.