Aspetti psicologici in bambini con bassa statura

Translated title of the contribution: Psychological findings in children with short stature

D. Mazzone, A. Nicolosi, C. Aliberti, L. Mazzone, M. Caruso-Nicoletti

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Aim. The aim of this study is to evaluate the psychological findings in patients with short stature. Methods. We studied 19 subjects, 13 males and 6 females, with age range 7-14 years. We evaluated heigth, growth velocity, bone age, target height and growth hormone secretion after provocative stimuli. Psychological evaluation included: Kovacs Scale, Children's Depression Inventory (CDI), Anxiety Scale (Busnelli-Dall'Aglio-Farina); drawing of the human figure (Goodenough Test); Raven Test for neuropsychological performances (P.M. 38 and 47). Statistical analysis was performed using Mann-Whitney U-test. Results. We diagnosed familial short stature (FSS) in 7 patients and growth hormone deficit (GHD) in 12. No statistical difference was found in the anxiety and depression tests, although the score was higher in GHD patients. The human figure drawing and the interview revealed low self-esteem, sense of inadequacy, dependence from parents, social inhibition in all patients. These characteristics were more evident in patients with GHD. Neuropsychological evaluation by Raven test showed normal score in all patients, however subjects with FSS exhibited a higher score than with GHD (p

Translated title of the contributionPsychological findings in children with short stature
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)261-266
Number of pages6
JournalMinerva Pediatrica
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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