Factors related to the psychosocial functioning of youth with neonatal brachial plexus injuries

Janelle M. Mentrikoski, Christina L. Duncan, Andrea Melanson, Emily Louden, Allison Allgier, Linda Michaud, Robert Rinaldi

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Abstract

Objective Owing to the possible visible nature and functional impairments associated with neonatal brachial plexus injuries (NBPI), the current study investigated the relations of injury severity, social support, and coping strategies to social difficulties and self-concept in youth with NBPI. Methods 88 children (aged 10-17 years) with NBPI and their parent(s) were recruited from a national organization and two brachial plexus clinics. Participants completed a variety of questionnaires during their scheduled clinic visits. Results More social support from classmates was associated with better self-concept and fewer social difficulties. Less frequent use of negative coping strategies was associated with better self-concept and fewer social difficulties and was a significant moderator of the relation between injury severity and selfconcept. Conclusions Clinicians who work with children with NBPI should consider peer support and coping strategies when promoting the psychosocial functioning of these youth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)285-296
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Pediatric Psychology
Volume40
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

Keywords

  • Coping
  • Neonatal brachial plexus injuries
  • Psychosocial functioning
  • Self-concept
  • Social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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