Abstract Title

Concentration Difficulties in Adolescents with Sickle Cell Disease: Differences in Parent and Adolescent Perception

Abstract

Purpose: This study examined concentration difficulties experienced by adolescents with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD). We explored the differences in adolescent and parent perceptions of these difficulties. We predicted that the adolescent and parent perception would differ, with adolescents perceiving greater difficulties.

Method: Twenty families of adolescents with SCD were recruited from Akron Children’s Hospital Hematology/Oncology Unit. Adolescents were asked to complete the Strength and Difficulties Questionnaire, while their parents were asked to complete the Strength and Difficulties – Parent Version.

Results: We found that parents and their adolescents with SCD do not disagree when reporting on concentration problems. In fact, parents (M=1.85) reported greater problems than the teens (M=1.73). Overall, only 23% of adolescents and 9% of parents reported significant concentration issues.

Conclusions: While past research has shown that adolescents with SCD usually report concentration difficulties, our sample did not show similar results.

Research Category

Psychology

Primary Author's Major

Psychology

Mentor #1 Information

Ms. Kara Monnin

Mentor #2 Information

Dr. Beth Wildman

Presentation Format

Poster

Start Date

11-3-2015 1:00 PM

End Date

11-3-2015 5:00 PM

Research Area

Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Concentration Difficulties in Adolescents with Sickle Cell Disease: Differences in Parent and Adolescent Perception

Purpose: This study examined concentration difficulties experienced by adolescents with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD). We explored the differences in adolescent and parent perceptions of these difficulties. We predicted that the adolescent and parent perception would differ, with adolescents perceiving greater difficulties.

Method: Twenty families of adolescents with SCD were recruited from Akron Children’s Hospital Hematology/Oncology Unit. Adolescents were asked to complete the Strength and Difficulties Questionnaire, while their parents were asked to complete the Strength and Difficulties – Parent Version.

Results: We found that parents and their adolescents with SCD do not disagree when reporting on concentration problems. In fact, parents (M=1.85) reported greater problems than the teens (M=1.73). Overall, only 23% of adolescents and 9% of parents reported significant concentration issues.

Conclusions: While past research has shown that adolescents with SCD usually report concentration difficulties, our sample did not show similar results.