Social perceptions and preferences of youth with asthma.

Chitra Dinakar, Alysa G. Brimer, Christina D. Adams, Kirat Malhi

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Peers are a primary source of psychosocial support in youth. Chronic disease such as asthma can make youth feel different and impinge on their adherence to treatment. We investigated factors that make the asthmatic adolescent feel different from peers, and explore their willingness to belong to a peer social-group such as an asthma club. Sixty-six youth (ages 8-18 years) with asthma completed an anonymous questionnaire that included both multiple-choice and open-ended questions designed to explore the feelings of the respondents. Almost one-third of our sample reported negative feelings regarding their asthma. Nearly 27% reported that their diagnosis made them feel different from their healthy peers, while over 25% admitted feeling uncomfortable using their inhaler in front of their friends. Almost one-half of adolescents felt restricted or excluded from school activities, athletics, or social clubs. While most respondents (93.9%)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)553-556
Number of pages4
JournalMissouri Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006


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