A Biopsychosocial Pilot Study of Overweight Youth and Care Providers' Perceptions of Quality of Life

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This pilot study examined the relationship between youth and care provider self-reports of depressive symptoms assessed through the Patient Health Questionnaire and reports of youth physical and psychosocial functioning assessed by PedsQL4.0 in a rural outpatient overweight pediatric population (N = 66 child and care provider pairs). The relationship between youth body mass index (BMI), youth and care provider depression, youth quality of life (QOL), care provider perception of youth QOL, and youth and care provider congruence of QOL perceptions was examined. Paired t tests were completed to assess the differences between QOL scores for youth and care providers for subgroups based on age, age and gender, and age and race. The mean age of youth participants was 11.9 years; youth BMI ranged from 26.76 to 54.10 (M = 37.20). Our results showed that there are significant differences in youth and care providers' perceptions of QOL when specific demographic categories are assessed by age, gender, and race.

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