An Examination of Correlates of Quality of Life in Children and Youth With Mental Health Issues

TitleAn Examination of Correlates of Quality of Life in Children and Youth With Mental Health Issues
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsCelebre A, Stewart SL, Theall L, Lapshina N
JournalFrontiers in Psychiatry
Date Published2021-September-01
Type of ArticleOriginal Research
ISBN Number1664-0640
Keywordschildren and youth,Mental Health,Quality of Life,mental state indicators,interRAI

Quality of life (QoL) is significantly lower in children with mental health issues compared to those who are typically developing or have physical health problems. However, little research has examined factors associated with QoL in this particularly vulnerable population. To address this limitation, 347 clinically referred children and adolescents were assessed using the interRAI Child and Youth Mental Health (ChYMH) Assessment and Self-reported Quality of Life- Child and Youth Mental Health (QoL-ChYMH). Hierarchical multiple linear regression analyses were conducted to examine QoL at the domain-specific level. Children and adolescents who experienced heightened anhedonia and depressive symptoms reported lower social QoL (e.g., family, friends and activities; p = 0.024, 0.046, respectively). Additionally, children and youth who experienced heightened depressive symptoms reported lower QoL at the individual level (e.g., autonomy, health; p = 0.000), and level of basic needs (e.g., food, safety; p = 0.013). In contrast, no mental state indicators were associated with QoL related to services (e.g., school, treatment). Due to the paucity of research examining predictors of QoL in children and youth with mental health challenges, this study contributes to the field in assisting service providers with care planning and further providing implications for practice.