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Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition:
doi: 10.1097/MPG.0b013e3182a938b7
Original Articles: Gastroenterology

Assessing Psychosocial Risk in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Validation of the Psychosocial Assessment Tool 2.0_General

Pai, Ahna L.H.*; Tackett, Alayna*; Hente, Elizabeth A.*; Ernst, Michelle M.; Denson, Lee A.; Hommel, Kevin A.*

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Aim: The aim of this study was to present the preliminary psychometric properties of the Psychosocial Assessment Tool 2.0_General (PAT2.0_GEN), a brief screener for psychosocial risk in families of children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Methods: Caregivers of 42 youth with IBD were recruited and administered a battery of measures including the PAT2.0_GEN and well-validated measures of child emotional and behavioral functioning at baseline and at a 6-month follow-up.

Results: Internal consistency for the PAT2.0_GEN total score was good (α = 0.82). Baseline was significantly associated with the 6-month follow-up (r = 0.79, P < 0.001). Significant correlations between the baseline PAT2.0 _GEN total score and caregiver-reported Child Behavior Checklist total scores at baseline (r = 0.74, P < 0.001) and at a 6-month follow-up (r = 0.62, P < 0.001) support the content and predictive validity of the PAT2.0_GEN. Baseline PAT2.0_GEN was also significantly correlated with youth-reported Child Behavior Checklist total scores at baseline (r = 0.37, P = 0.02) but not at the 6-month follow-up (r = 0.23, P = 0.17).

Conclusions: A number of indicators support the concurrent and predictive utility of the PAT2.0_GEN. The PAT2.0_GEN is a promising tool for screening psychosocial risk that could facilitate the provision of psychosocial services to those patients most in need.

© 2014 by European Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition and North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology,


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