The relationship of psychologic stress with childhood asthma

Immunol Allergy Clin North Am. 2005 Feb;25(1):83-105. doi: 10.1016/j.iac.2004.09.001.


The psychologic influence on childhood asthma has long been a subject of investigation and controversy. This article illustrates the evidence that psychologic stress is related to children with asthma. Individual experience, the impact of family and neighborhood, the effect of caregiver mental status, and the presence of negative psychologic events affect symptoms and management. The pathways through which these factors influence asthma are mediated through cognitive and biologic mechanisms, with evidence indicating changes in behavior and alteration in immune response as underlying mechanisms. Psychologic issues are important in the patient with severe asthma. The mind-body paradigm that links psychologic stress to disease is necessary when considering the global evaluation of childhood asthma.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Asthma / physiopathology*
  • Asthma / psychology*
  • Child
  • Humans
  • Immune System / physiology
  • Psychophysiology
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Stress, Psychological / complications*