Parental anxiety and post-traumatic stress symptoms in pediatric food allergy

Roberts, Kate, Meiser-Stedman, Richard ORCID:, Brightwell, Alex and Young, Judith ORCID: (2021) Parental anxiety and post-traumatic stress symptoms in pediatric food allergy. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 46 (6). 688–697. ISSN 0146-8693

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Objective: The purpose of this study was to explore anxiety, worry, and posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) in parents of children with food allergies, and to evaluate whether these three psychological outcomes could be predicted by allergy severity, intolerance of uncertainty, and food allergy self-efficacy. Methods: Participants were 105 parents who reported their children to have medically diagnosed food allergies. Participants were recruited to a study on parent wellbeing through an allergy clinic and social media advertisements. Participants completed online questionnaires assessing anxiety, worry, PTSS, intolerance of uncertainty, food allergy self-efficacy, and demographic and allergy information. Results: In this sample, 81.0% of parents reported clinically significant worry, 42.3% met the clinical cut-off for PTSS, and 39.1% reported moderate-extremely severe anxiety. Greater intolerance of uncertainty and lower food allergy self-efficacy were associated with poorer psychological outcomes, with mixed results for allergy severity. However, intolerance of uncertainty was the only variable to consistently account for unique variance within regression models. Conclusions: This study highlights the need for greater awareness of mental health in parents of children with food allergy. The study also indicates that factors impacting on parents’ perception of threat may be most strongly predictive of psychological outcomes, warranting further research. Finally, the study indicates that intolerance of uncertainty may be a promising target for psychological interventions within this population.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: allergy,anxiety,parents,posttraumatic stress,worry,pediatrics, perinatology, and child health,developmental and educational psychology,sdg 3 - good health and well-being ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2700/2735
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Groups > Mental Health
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Centres > Lifespan Health
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2021 01:03
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2023 02:54
DOI: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsab012


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