Mothers’ health-related quality of life: Its relationship with children’s health-related quality of life and behavior in low-income families

Rosa Sze Man WONG, Vivian Yawei GUO, Patrick IP, Carlos King Ho WONG, Esther Yee Tak YU, Colman Siu Cheung FUNG, Cindy Lo Kuen LAM

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Abstract

Objective: To examine the association between mothers' health-related quality of life (HRQOL) and their children's HRQOL and behavior in low-income families. 

Methods: Mothers of 278 children aged 6-12 years from low-income families were invited to complete the Child Health Questionnaire Parent Form 50 (CHQ-PF50) and the Strength and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) for their children as well as the 12-item Short-Form Health Survey version 2 (SF-12v2) and the Patient Health Questionnaire-2 (PHQ-2). Multiple linear regressions with mother-child pairs as the unit of analysis were performed to examine the associations between maternal and child variables with adjustment of mother- and child-level confounders. 

Results: Compared with the general population, low-income mothers had a lower mean SF- 12v2 mental component summary score and their children also had lower mean CHQ-PF50 physical and psychosocial summary scores and SDQ total difficulties score. Children of mothers with SF-12v2 scores below the population mean of 50 had significantly worse CHQ-PF50 scores and higher SDQ total difficulties scores. The mother's PHQ-2 depression status had no association with the child's CHQ-PF50 scores. 

Conclusion: Our findings suggest that more attention should be paid to reducing the negative impact of health problems on mothers' daily roles in childcare in low-income families. Copyright © 2016 Family Medicine and Community Health.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-12
JournalFamily Medicine and Community Health
Volume4
Issue number4
Early online dateDec 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Citation

Wong, R. S. M., Guo, V. Y., Ip, P., Wong, C. K. H., Yu, E. Y. T., Fung, C. S. C., & Lam, C. L. K. (2016). Mothers’ health-related quality of life: Its relationship with children’s health-related quality of life and behavior in low-income families. Family Medicine and Community Health, 4(4), 4-12. http://dx.doi.org/10.15212/FMCH.2016.0124

Keywords

  • Health-related quality of life
  • Child health
  • Child behavior
  • Low income

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