Chronic fatigue syndrome in adolescents: do parental expectations of their child's intellectual ability match the child's ability?

Godfrey, Emma and Cleare, Anthony and Coddington, Alice and Roberts, Amanda and Weinman, John and Chalder, Trudie (2009) Chronic fatigue syndrome in adolescents: do parental expectations of their child's intellectual ability match the child's ability? Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 67 (2). pp. 165-168. ISSN 0022-3999

Full content URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpsychores.2009.02.004

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Abstract

Objective: This cross-sectional study aimed to measure the discrepancy between actual and perceived IQ in a sample of
adolescents with CFS compared to healthy controls. We hypothesized that adolescents with CFS and their parent would have higher expectations of the adolescent's intellectual ability than healthy adolescents and their parent. Methods: The sample was 28 CFS patients and 29 healthy controls aged 11–19 years and the parent of each participant. IQ was assessed using the AH4 group test of general intelligence and a self-rating scale which measured
perceived IQ. Results: Parents' perceptions of their children's IQ were significantly higher for individuals with CFS than healthy controls. Conclusions: High expectations may need to be addressed within the context of treatment.

Keywords:Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Expectations, IQ
Subjects:A Medicine and Dentistry > A300 Clinical Medicine
C Biological Sciences > C841 Health Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C840 Clinical Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:15801
Deposited On:24 Oct 2014 19:33

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