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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 193-199

The relationship between stressful life events and quality of life of adolescent patients


1 Mahalet Damana Secondary Nursing School, Ministry of Health, Mansoura, Dakahlia, Egypt
2 Department of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt

Correspondence Address:
Sherien S.M. Mohammed
Mahalet Damana Secondary Nursing School, Ministry of Health, Mansoura, Dakahlia, 35834
Egypt
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2090-6021.200181

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Background The risk for psychosis increases with the number of life events experienced and is associated with impairments in quality of life (QoL) and functioning. Aim The aim of the present study was to assess the relationship between stressful life events and QoL of adolescent psychiatric patients. Patients and methods A descriptive, correlational design was used in this study. A sample of convenience of 100 adolescent psychiatric patients was recruited from the adolescents’ outpatient clinics of El-Abbassia Mental Health Hospital. Three tools were used in the present study: a sociodemographic and medical data interview, life events inventory, and QoL profile. Results The results showed that more than half of the sample were girls, students, and were not working. More than two-thirds of the sample were diagnosed with conduct, depressive, and bipolar disorders, with a family medical history, and half of the sample had had sexual experience. Findings revealed highly statistically significant negative correlation between life events inventory and the QoL profile. Conclusion Most of the adolescent psychiatric patients experienced a multiple stressful life events that negatively affected their QoL. Therefore, it is recommended that psychosocial treatment should be selected and modified for patients to deal with stressful life events and building adolescents’ self-esteem. In addition to periodic check-ups, further studies for generalization should be carried out and a suitable psychotherapeutic model must be adopted.


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