Over 1.3 million children and young people in the Netherlands have a chronic condition, reports the Verwey-Jonker Institute Monday. That is a quarter of all people in the age till 25 years.
Most common chronic conditions
- Asthma: 4.6 percent
- Anxiety and mood disorders: 4.1 percent
- ADHD: 3.6 percent
- Abdominal pain: 2.8%
- Eczema: 2.8 percent
Under chronic conditions which may include ADHD, asthma, diabetes, eczema, rheumatism, and cystic fibrosis. In two-thirds of the children and young people is the condition, physically. The rest has a mental illness.
Never before has an accurate count has taken place in the Netherlands. Previously it was thought that up to 700,000 children and young people with a chronic condition. That estimate was made in 2007 made on the basis of then available information.
The Verwey-Jonker Institute does not think that the number of children and young people with a chronic condition since 2007 has been doubled. “There seems to be more likely to an underestimation of the total number in the study from 2007.”
Young people with the condition were more negative about life
The researchers used a questionnaire administered under thirteen hundred children and young people. This shows that the group with a chronic condition were more negative about their own life.
These children give the life an average rating of 7.4, while that of other peers is an 8. The numbers decrease as they get older. Young people with a chronic condition give their own life on average at 6.9. Other young people assess life with a 7,6.
They are also more negative about their own future and that of their future children. It also shows that 29 percent of these young people were often or always inhibited by their health. That is 2 percentage points more than among young people without a chronic condition.
The more than 1.3 million children and young people are also less frequently understood by their classmates or fellow students. Further, they have more need for help or aids at school than is now offered.
The research has also shown that young people with a chronic condition less often are members of a sports club, and less often a paid (for)job. They do more volunteer work.