Mental health problems among 4–17-year-olds with hearing problems : results from a nationally representative study

Show simple item record Hancock, Kirsten J. Brenann-Jones, Christopher Vithiatharan, Rena Payne, Donald Runions, Levin Lin, Ashleigh Eikelboom, Robert H. 2018-04-03T05:53:03Z 2017-05
dc.description.abstract OBJECTIVE : This study aimed to characterize the risk of mental health problems among a representative sample of 6,310 4–17-year-olds, 147 of whom had parent-reported hearing problems. METHODS : The study used data from the Young Minds Matter survey. The Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children (DISC-IV) assessed prevalence of mood, anxiety and behavioural disorders. The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) assessed social and emotional problems. Logistic regression models were used to estimate odds of having mental health problems adjusting for child factors (speech and language problems, global health, age and gender), family factors (family structure, parent income, education, financial strain and psychological distress) and school-related factors (bullying, school liking, school absence). RESULTS : In unadjusted analyses, children and young people with hearing problems had substantially higher odds of most mental health problems. Hearing problems were not associated with any mental health problem among 4–11-year-olds after adjusting for other child factors. After adjustments for child, family and school-related factors, 12–17-year-olds with a hearing problem remained at greater risk of social phobia and generalized anxiety (DISC-IV), and of peer and emotional problems (SDQ). CONCLUSIONS : Clinicians caring for children and young people with hearing problems should be alert for heightened risk of specific mental health problems based on age and the nature of hearing problems. Understanding a wider range of correlates associated with the higher prevalence of mental health problems may allow health professionals to be more informed about the nature of mental health problems that are comorbid to hearing problems. en_ZA
dc.description.department Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2018-05-16
dc.description.librarian hj2018 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship KJH was supported by the Australian Research Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course [grant No. CE140100027]. AL was supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship [grant No. 1072593]. The Young Minds Matter survey was initiated and funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Hancock, K.J., Brenann-Jones, C.G., Vithiatharan, R. 2017, 'Mental health problems among 4–17-year-olds with hearing problems: results from a nationally representative study, Hearing, Balance and Communication, vol. 15, no. 3, pp. 145-155. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 2169-5717 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2169-5725 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1080/21695717.2017.1325094
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dc.publisher Routledge en_ZA
dc.rights © 2017 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. This is an electronic version of an article published in Hearing, Balance and Communication, vol. 15, no. 3, pp. 145-155, 2017. doi : 10.1080/21695717.2017.1325094. Hearing, Balance and Communication is available online at : en_ZA
dc.subject Hearing loss en_ZA
dc.subject Mental health en_ZA
dc.subject Adolescents en_ZA
dc.subject Children en_ZA
dc.title Mental health problems among 4–17-year-olds with hearing problems : results from a nationally representative study en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA

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