Date of Award
Master of Science in Social Work
Committee Chair or Primary Advisor
Dr. Wayne Paris, PhD
Second Committee Member or Secondary Advisor
Bonnie Jenkins, LCSW
Third Committee Member or Committee Reader
Sarah Culver, LMSW
In 2015, the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation collaborated with the European CF Society to develop new guidelines to screen for depression and anxiety in people with CF. The guidelines were based on a study that assessed over 6,000 patients and 4,000 caregivers among 45 centers in the United States and eight European countries. Research has proven that depression and anxiety have a negative impact on CF and overall health. 186 adolescents within the CF clinic at Children’s Health Center voluntarily completed the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) and Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD-7). These screenings were completed between February 2016-March 2017 and the data was stored within an Excel Workbook. The existing data was then used for this study. Chart reviews were conducted on each of the patients to obtain the number of hospitalizations and length of stay as well as patient’s gender. Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) was used to analyze the correlation, if any, between depressive and anxious symptoms and hospitalizations or length of stay. A significant correlation was found between depression symptoms and gender (p<0.05). Females were significantly more likely to report depression symptoms compared to their male counterparts (p<0.05). Based on literature, adolescent males are less likely to report mental health symptoms. Further research needs to be completed to address the male population in regards to being open about addressing their mental health status. More research needs to be completed on mental health symptoms related to overall quality of life.
Barker, Ronni T., "The Relationship Between Hospitalizations and Anxiety and Depression Symptoms in Patients with Cystic Fibrosis" (2017). Digital Commons @ ACU, Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 68.