The Turkish Journal of Pediatrics 2011 , Vol 53 , Num 5
Parents’ Perception of the Quality of Life of Children with Intellectual Disabilities
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 1Göztepe Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul, and 2Dr. Sami Ulus Children’s Health and Diseases Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, and 3Kocaeli University Faculty of Medicine, Kocaeli, Turkey There has been limited research conducted on the quality of life (QoL) of children with intellectual disabilities (IDs). We investigated the QoL in children aged 5-18 years with ID and compared the results with healthy children of the same age in this study. The results indicated that the scores of students with ID were lower on all scales and also that children with ID should be supported in all QoL dimensions (physical, social, emotional, and school functioning). Associations between QoL and factors such as the educational level of the mothers, income level of the family, age at diagnosis, age group, and level of ID were examined in the ID group. A diagnosis of ID before the age of 2 was found to have a statistically significant positive effect on QoL scores. Our findings highlight that early diagnosis is the most important measure to improve the QoL of people with ID. Keywords : intellectual disability, children, quality of life.
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