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International Journal of Pediatrics
Volume 2014, Article ID 204386, 6 pages
Research Article

Factors Related to Psychosocial Quality of Life for Children with Cerebral Palsy

1Department of Family Medicine, College of Medicine, Ohio State University, 273 Northwood and High Building, 2231 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43201, USA
2Developmental Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, Norfolk, VA, USA

Received 30 September 2013; Revised 8 November 2013; Accepted 15 November 2013; Published 23 January 2014

Academic Editor: Julie Blatt

Copyright © 2014 D. W. Tessier et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. Current health services interventions focus on the treatment of the musculoskeletal impairments of cerebral palsy (CP). The goal of this study was to explore whether the severity of physical symptoms correlates with psychosocial quality of life (QOL) among pediatric patients with CP. Methods. A sample of 53 caregivers of children with CP was surveyed and health status information was extracted from patient medical records. Descriptive analysis explored the association between the main outcome variable, psychosocial QOL (CP QOL-child), and patient demographics, comorbidity (e.g., visual, hearing and feeding impairments, language delays, and epilepsy), CP severity (GMFCS), and the receipt of family centered care (MPOC-20). Results. Child psychosocial QOL decreased with increasing comorbidity but was not associated with CP symptom severity or any measured demographic factors. Reporting high levels of family centered care (FCC) was associated with higher psychosocial QOL in univariate analysis but was not significant when controlling for comorbidities. Conclusion. There is no clear connection between symptom severity and psychosocial QOL in children with CP. Comorbidity however is strongly associated with psychosocial QOL. Focusing on reducing CP comorbidities could have a positive impact on psychosocial QOL.