Do encopretic children have clinically significant behavior problems?

P. C. Friman, J. R. Mathews, J. W. Finney, E. R. Christophersen, J. M. Leibowitz

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Pediatricians are increasingly recognized as the providers of choice for children with functional encopresis. The presence of clinically significant behavior problems could interfere with pediatric regimens for encopresis, however. To study the extent to which encopretic children exhibit behavior problems, we compared the scores on a standardized behavioral checklist for three randonmly selected samples: a sample group of children with encopresis, a sample group of children with behavior problems, and a sample group of children without encopresis or behavior problems. All three samples were matched for age and gender. An analysis of variance showed that the scores of children with encopresis did not differ from the normative samples but were significantly lower than the scores from the behavior problem sample (P < .00001). The results support the appropriateness of the trend toward expanding the primary pediatrician's role in the treatment of encopresis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)407-409
Number of pages3
Issue number3 II
StatePublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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