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Spectrum of Asthma in Children—III, Psychological and Social Components

Br Med J 1973; 4 doi: (Published 06 October 1973) Cite this as: Br Med J 1973;4:16
  1. K. N. McNichol,
  2. H. E. Williams,
  3. J. Allan,
  4. I. McAndrew


    Behavioural disturbances in the child, the mother-child and family relationships, and the family social structure were studied in a representative sample of the whole range of asthmatic children and compared with a control group of normal children. Behavioural disturbances occurred more often and at a statistically significant level only in the small group of children with severe and continuing asthma. These children were those with severe chronic airways obstruction as assessed physiologically and also with the most severe allergic manifestations.

    Predominant in the mother-child relations was an over-concern to protect the child's health in those children with continuing asthma at 14 years of age. The families of the very severely affected group of children showed evidence of more stress than other families. Socioeconomic conditions were not significantly different in any group of asthmatic children compared with the control group.