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Archivos argentinos de pediatría

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OZYURT, Gonca; CAğAN-APPAK, Yeliz; KARAKOYUN, Miray  and  BARAN, Maşallah. Evaluation of emotional, behavioral problems and family functioning in adolescents with chronic gastritis. Arch. argent. pediatr. [online]. 2019, vol.117, n.2, pp.e110-e114. ISSN 0325-0075.

Objectives. The aim of the present study was to investigate psychiatric symptoms in adolescents diagnosed as having chronic gastritis, and to evaluate family functioning. Methods. The population consisted of adolescents who were diagnosed endoscopically and histopathologically as having chronic gastritis without additional chronic disease. The anxiety levels, depression levels, and emotional and behavioral symptoms of the adolescents were measured using the Screen for Child Anxiety Related Emotional Disorders (SCARED), Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), and Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ). Family functioning was evaluated using the Family Assessment Device (FAD). Results. Fifty eight adolescents were included to study. According to the SDQ subscale results, adolescents with gastritis had more problems in emotional, hyperactivity, and peer relations areas, but the results in conduct problems and prosocial behaviors were normal. Levels of all subscales of Family Assessment Device were higher than 2, showing problems in family functioning. Conclusions. This study suggests that adolescents with chronic gastritis experience more difficulties in peer relations and family functioning, and they express more emotional problems.

Keywords : Adolescent; Anxiety; Depression; Family functioning; Gastritis.

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