Fifty-six children with isolated growth hormone deficiency (IGHD) and their families completed self-report instruments about behavioral, social, and emotional adjustment of the children. Results show that children with IGHD may experience significant behavioral and social adjustment problems. Social and emotional adjustment was best predicted by the relative height discrepancy between an individual and their normal-sized peers. Adjustment varied depending on the type of adjustment under consideration, the relative height discrepancy of the individual, the age and gender of the child, and the amount of time in treatment. Discussion addresses the need for an interdisciplinary approach to effective patient management of children with IGHD.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Clinical Psychology