Clinical Potentials for Measuring Stress in Youth with Asthma

Hannah M.C. Schreier, Gregory E. Miller, Edith Chen

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Abstract

It is well established that the course of asthma can be affected by the psychological stress an individual experiences. This article reviews literature assessing the effects of psychological stress on asthma outcomes and discusses the benefits and disadvantages of different measures for assessing stress, including subjective questionnaires, event checklists, and interview-based approaches. We discuss the importance of taking into account the timing and chronicity of stress, as well as individuals' subjective appraisals of stress. We suggest that, although questionnaire and checklist approaches are easier to administer, interview-based stress assessments are preferable, where feasible, because they generate richer and more in-depth information regarding the stressors that people experience. In addition, this kind of information seems to be more robustly linked to pediatric asthma outcomes of interest.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-54
Number of pages14
JournalImmunology and Allergy Clinics of North America
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology

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