Journal Article

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 and Robert Rinaldi

in Journal of Pediatric Psychology

Volume 40, issue 3, pages 285-296
Published in print April 2015 | ISSN: 0146-8693
Published online October 2014 | e-ISSN: 1465-735X | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jpepsy/jsu086
Factors Related to the Psychosocial Functioning of Youth With Neonatal Brachial Plexus Injuries

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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 self-concept. Conclusions Clinicians who work with children with NBPI should consider peer support and coping strategies when promoting the psychosocial functioning of these youth.

Keywords: coping; neonatal brachial plexus injuries; psychosocial functioning; self-concept; social support

Journal Article.  7521 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry ; Psychology

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