The Psychosocial Responses of School-Age Children to Hospitalization

S. G. McClowry, S. M. McLeod

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This study examined the psychosocial responses of school-age children to hospitalization The subjects were 50 children, between 8 and 12 years of age, who were unscheduled admissions The children’s usual prehospital behavior was compared to their behavior during the first week following hospitalization and One month after dismissal Repeated measures analysis of variance was used to demonstrate that there was no change in the school-age children’s behaviour following hospitalization A moderate relationship was found between the children’s usual prehospital behavior and the number of previous hospitalizations Family function was related only to the children’s behavior one week after dismissal The children’s usual prehospital behavioral problems were related to them behavior at all three times No relationship was found between the length of hospitalization or the number of preblous hospitalizations and their post hospital behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-161
Number of pages7
JournalChildren's Health Care
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology


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