Leicester leading project to boost children’s understanding of parents’ arthritis

Posted by hct16 at Dec 18, 2012 04:25 PM |
Psychologists to examine how information on arthritis should be communicated to children
Leicester leading project to boost children’s understanding of parents’ arthritis

Professor Panos Vostanis

Researchers at the University of Leicester are aiming to produce information about arthritis aimed at children whose parents are living with the painful condition.

Elizabeth Hale, based at Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley, has been awarded £30,000 from medical research charity Arthritis Research UK to find out what kinds of information could be useful to youngsters aged between seven and eleven years, whose mother or father is affected by inflammatory arthritis.

Ms Hale, a health psychologist for The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, will collaborate with colleagues at the University of Leicester to build on earlier research which suggests that adults with inflammatory arthritis find it difficult to speak to their children about their condition.

It is hoped that the study will highlight the need for development of educational resources targeted specifically at children aged seven to eleven years, while providing insight about how, when and by whom this information should be delivered.

Professor Panos Vostanis, of the University of Leicester’s School of Psychology, said the needs of children of parents with a chronic physical illness are often not recognised, consequently are not being met by appropriate services. Such recognition and understanding requires evidence based on children’s perceptions and experiences.