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The Quality of Life of Children with Precocious Puberty and Healthy Children in Turkey

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Objectives: We compared the quality of life (QoL) in children with precocious puberty (PP) and healthy children aged 8-12 years. Methods: This descriptive and comparative study was conducted with 105 children with a diagnosis of PP and another 105 healthy children. We collected data using a Descriptive Information Form and the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQL). Results: The mean overall PedsQL score (OS) was 78.71 ± 10.84 for children with PP and 82.43 ± 9.81 for healthy children (p < .05). The mean PedsQL Proxy-Report OS was 74.51 ± 13.27 for children with PP and 81.90 ± 9.86 for healthy children (p < .001). Conclusions: We found QoL of children with PP was lower than that of healthy children. In this context, pediatric nurses may have a role in early identification of children with PP and provide psychosocial support using a multidisciplinary approach to counseling.
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Keywords: PEDIATRIC NURSING; PRECOCIOUS PUBERTY; QUALITY OF LIFE

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Ahu P. Turan, Research Assistant, Health Sciences Faculty, Hitit University, Corum, Turkey 2: Selen O. Akca, Associate Professor, Health Sciences Faculty, Hitit University, Corum, Turkey;, Email: [email protected]

Publication date: January 1, 2021

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