University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach
Background:Epidemiological work suggests that youth with histories of trauma or bipolar disorder have lower quality of life (QoL) than generally healthy youth without a history of bipolar disorder or trauma.
Aim: To evaluate whether trauma and bipolar disorder have a negative effect in youth seeking services for emotional and behavioral difficulties.
Method & Sample: Participants were 596 youths and caregiver dyads from an urban community mental health center and an academic medical center in Cleveland, OH. Diagnoses were based on semi-structured interviews of the parent and youth. The KINDL-R measured Total, Emotional, Self-esteem, Family, Friend, School, and Physical QoL.
Results: Trauma history was not associated with changes in QoL. Youth with bipolar disorder had significantly lower QoL than youth without bipolar disorder. There was no interaction between trauma history and bipolar disorder.
Conclusion: Among youth seeking mental health services, trauma history was common. A history of trauma does not alter QoL compared to youth without a history of QoL in a service seeking sample. Youth with bipolar disorder had significantly lower QoL than youth without bipolar disorder suggesting that youth with bipolar disorder might require more intensive services than youth without bipolar disorder.
Mental Health Care; Trauma; Bipolar Disorder
De Santiago, I.,
Freeman, A. J.
Quality of Life in Youth with Bipolar Disorder and Trauma.
Available at: http://digitalscholarship.unlv.edu/mcnair_posters/65