1. Carlsen, Katrine MD, PhD
  2. Phan, Becky L. BS
  3. Pittman, Nanci MD
  4. Benkov, Keith MD
  5. Dubinsky, Marla C. MD
  6. Keefer, Laurie PhD


Parents of teens with inflammatory bowel disease must prepare their children for independent disease self-management. This study characterizes the stressors and coping strategies adopted among parents of teens with inflammatory bowel disease. Teens aged 16-22 years with inflammatory bowel disease who were consecutively seen by a pediatric gastroenterologist prior to transition to adult-centered care and their parents completed sociodemographic data, and two validated questionnaires for coping (Coping Health Inventory for Parents) and stress (Pediatric Inventory for Parents). Sixty-six patient-parent pairs were enrolled in this study-impairment was highest in role function (e.g., trying to attend to the needs of other family members, being unable to go to work, and feeling uncertain about how to maintain consistent discipline). These concerns seemed to be most pronounced among parents of children 18 years and older ([chi]2 (df) = 1, p = .04) with Crohn disease ([chi]2 (df) = 1, p = .02). The top five listed concerns differed depending on the caregiver's gender. Parents of teens with inflammatory bowel disease are concerned about parenting role function. Parents of teens 18 years and older with Crohn disease reported the highest stress. Caregiver gender differences were noted.