The role of self-competence in health-related quality of life and behavioral functioning of children with tourette syndrome

Ana M. Gutierrez-Colina, Julia LaMotte, Cyd Eaton, Patricia Kardon, Ronald L. Blount

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Objective: To evaluate self-competence, health-related quality of life (HRQOL), and emotional/behavioral functioning in children with Tourette syndrome (TS) compared to normative data and to examine self-competence as a potential protective factor against poorer HRQOL and emotional/behavioral outcomes in this population. Method: Thirty-nine children between the ages of 8 and 17 years and 72 caregivers participated in this study. Participants completed measures of children's HRQOL, emotional/behavioral functioning, and self-competence. Results: Participants reported significantly lower levels of emotional/behavioral functioning and HRQOL compared with norms of healthy children. No significant differences were found in domains of perceived self-competence. Social and general self-competence domains were significantly and positively correlated with most emotional and behavioral outcomes examined. Only social selfcompetence was significantly correlated with domains of HRQOL. Conclusion: Self-competence, particularly in the social realm, may play a protective role against lower HRQOL and worse emotional and behavioral outcomes in children with TS. Children with this condition may benefit from self-competence-promoting interventions targeting children's perceptions of their own abilities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)743-751
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Emotional and behavioral functioning
  • Health-related quality of life
  • Self-competence
  • Tourette syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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