Thesis Defense Announcement
The College of Arts and Sciences announces the final Thesis of
for the degree of Master of Science
August 1, 2016 at 10:00 am in 379, Psychology Building
Major Advisor: Kristoffer Berlin, PhD
Empirically Derived Patterns of Pain, Stooling, and Incontinence and their Relations to Health Related Quality of Life among Youth with Chronic Constipation
ABSTRACT: Chronic constipation is associated with pain, stress, and fecal incontinence, which negatively impact HRQoL. It is currently unclear if patterns of pain, stool frequency, and incontinence are differentially associated with HRQoL in youth with chronic constipation. Stooling patterns were derived using Latent Variable Mixture Modeling and a three-class model emerged: withholding/avoiding, pain, and fecal incontinence (FI). The pain class reported the greatest amount of disease burden, functional disability, psychosocial problems, and, along with the FI class, elevated levels of family conflict. The FI class reported the greatest amount of parental worry of social impact.