Psychosocial problems in children with allergic diseases: A population study in Taiwan

W. C. Wu, H. Y. Chang, K. N. Kuo, C. Y. Chen, Y. C. Tu, Y. H. Yang

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Background A few studies had pointed out the relationship between a single allergic disease and children's psychosocial problems; however, all of these researchers considered the allergic diseases separately. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate the relationship between collective allergic diseases and psychosocial problems among 4- to 12-year-old children in Taiwan. Methods The data were generated from the 2005 Taiwan National Health Interview Survey. A total of 2955 parents or guardians completed the answers for their 4- to 12-year-old children. We used logistic regressions to investigate the association of allergic diseases and the psychosocial problems. Results About 40.62% children had at least one allergic disease in the past year, and 17.75% children had a score of psychosocial problems higher than or equal to the 75th percentile. After controlling for demographic factors, the risk of having high-level psychosocial problem for children with any allergic disease was 1.84 times of those without allergy. For those who had one, two or more than two allergic diseases, the risks of having psychosocial problems were 1.56, 2.20 and 3.39 times of those had no allergy disease respectively. Children with asthma, dermatitis and rhinitis simultaneously had the highest psychosocial impact (odds ratio = 5.10). Conclusions Collective allergic diseases were associated with psychosocial problems in children, and the effect was gradient. Parents and paediatricians should pay attention to psychosocial problems in children with allergic diseases and vice versa.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)662-670
Number of pages9
JournalChild: Care, Health and Development
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Allergy
  • Children
  • National Health Interview Survey
  • Psychosocial problem

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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