Support Needs and Preferences of Young Adolescents With Asthma and Allergies: “Just No One Really Seems to Understand” Academic Article uri icon

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  • The objectives of this study were to identify support needs, support resources, and support barriers for young adolescents with asthma and allergies and to describe preferences for an accessible support intervention. Adolescents (N = 57) completed a survey questionnaire. Eight young adolescents, 10 parents, and 5 older adolescents participated in separate group interviews. Young adolescents' challenges included transition to self-care, balancing restrictions with safety, social isolation, and loneliness. Young teens recommended supportive networks facilitated by older adolescent peers and wanted to meet with other young adolescents living with asthma and allergies online and share information, advice, and encouragement with them.


  • Stewart, Miriam
  • Letourneau, Nicole
  • Masuda, Jeffrey R
  • Anderson, Sharon
  • Cicutto, Lisa
  • McGhan, Shawna
  • Watt, Mary Susan

publication date

  • October 2012