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Stress and quality of life in urban caregivers of children with poorly controlled asthma: a longitudinal analysis


ThIs analysis examined the longitudinal effects of risk and protective factors on quality of life (QOL) in caregivers of minority children with asthma.

Caregivers (n = 300) reported on demographics, child asthma characteristics, daily asthma caregiving stress, general life stress, social support, and QOL. Latent growth curve modeling examined changes in QOL across 12 months as a function of stress, asthma control, and social support.

Caregivers were primarily the biological mother (92%), single (71%), unemployed (55%), and living in poverty. Children were African American (96%), Medicaid eligible (92%), and had poorly controlled asthma (93%). Lower QOL was associated with higher life stress, greater asthma caregiving stress, and lower asthma control over time.

Findings underscore the importance of assessing objective and subjective measures of asthma burden and daily life stress in clinical encounters with urban, low-income caregivers of children with poorly controlled asthma.


Bellin, M.H., Osteen, P.J., Kub, J., Bollinger, M.E., Tsoukleris, M., Chaikind, L., Butz, A.M. (2015). Stress and Quality of Life in Urban Caregivers of Children with Poorly Controlled Asthma: A Longitudinal Analysis. Journal of Pediatric Health Care 29(6), pp. 536-546.

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