Journal article

Social competence following pediatric stroke: Contributions of brain insult and family environment

Vicki Anderson, Alison Gomes, Mardee Greenham, Stephen Hearps, Anne Gordon, Nicole Rinehart, Linda Gonzalez, Keith Owen Yeates, Christine A Hajek, Warren Lo, Mark Mackay

Social Neuroscience | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2014


Limited information is available regarding predictors of psychosocial difficulties in children following stroke. This study aimed to (i) compare social competence of children with arterial ischemic stroke (AIS) to those with chronic illness and healthy controls and (ii) investigate the contribution of stroke pathology, neurological outcome and environment. Thirty-six children with AIS > 12 months prior to recruitment were compared with children with chronic illness (asthma) (n = 15) and healthy controls (n = 43). Children underwent intellectual assessment, and children and parents completed questionnaires to assess social competence. Children with AIS underwent MRI scan and neurological eval..

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Awarded by Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital

Funding Acknowledgements

This study was supported by grants from the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (Practitioner Fellowship, Anderson), the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital [# 231308], the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, and the Victorian Governmental Operational Infrastructure Scheme. Image analysis was supported by Elizabeth Perkins.