Living with children with growing pains: How does it affect the parents?

Yosef Uziel, Orit Friedland, Lutfi Jaber, Joseph Press, Dan Buskila, Philip J. Hashkes

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Objective: To assess quality of life [QOL] and psychological status of parents of children with growing pains. Methods: Thirty-three mothers and 28 fathers of 37 children with growing pains and 20 mothers and 19 fathers of 21 matched healthy normal control [HNC] children completed the Flanagan QOL Scale questionnaire and two validated anxiety and depression questionnaires. An analysis of variance and a student's t-test were used to compare the groups. Results: The QOL and anxiety scores were similar in both groups. Depression levels were significantly higher among mothers of children with growing pains. Conclusions: Quality of life does not appear to be affected. However, maternal depression was mildly increased.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-23
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Musculoskeletal Pain
Issue number2
StatePublished - 21 May 2007


  • Anxiety
  • Children
  • Depression
  • Growing pain
  • Quality of life


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