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ERIC Number: EJ847489
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0973-1342
Emotional and Behavioural Problems in Children and Adolescents with Congenital Heart Disease
Johnson, Beena; Francis, Johnson
Journal of Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, v1 n4 Oct 2005
Major physical illnesses usually have an impact on the psychological well-being of any individual. An illness of early onset, with necessity of frequent diagnostic and therapeutic interventions can adversely affect the emotional balance and behavioural adaptation of children and adolescents. This is applicable for congenital heart disease, especially if it is severe and life-threatening. Psychological implications are a significant part of chronic illnesses and they can affect prognosis and outcome. Congenital heart diseases which are diagnosed early can influence mother infant interactions from the beginning, in a crucial period of the infant's psychological development and thus may adversely affect the mental health of children and adolescents. Children and adolescents with congenital heart diseases can have anxiety, depressive reactions, low self esteem or impulsiveness. In this article, the authors discuss the prevalence of behavioural and emotional problems in children and adolescents with congenital heart disease. They stress that a comprehensive approach in this field is essential, so that psychological interventions and guidance can be planned in alleviating stress and reducing behavior problems in children with congenital heart disease.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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