Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most prevalent and most impactful long-term motor disability in children. As children with CP grow, they experience new or worsening symptoms, including mental health symptoms, that can have negative effects on their quality of life. Identifying factors that contribute to mental health symptoms can prevent these issues from being maintained into adulthood.
The objective in this study was to understand the association between fatigue, pain, sleep, physical activity and mental health symptoms for children and youth with CP. We determined that fatigue, pain, sleep and physical activity were all associated with mental health outcomes. We hypothesized that moderate levels of these physical symptoms will be related to the presence of having mental health symptoms. This study will help inform the development of evidence-based interventions to treat the physical symptoms that contribute to poor mental health.
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