Quality of life in youth with Tourette's syndrome and chronic tic disorder

J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. Apr-Jun 2007;36(2):217-27. doi: 10.1080/15374410701279545.


This study sought to examine quality of life (QoL) in clinic-referred children and adolescents (n = 59, M age = 11.4+/-2.6 years) with a chronic tic disorder. The QoL scores for tic patients were lower than for healthy controls but higher than for the psychiatric sample on the majority of domains. Children's self-reported QoL scores and a measure of tic severity were moderately and inversely correlated. Parent reports of their child's QoL were weakly related to tic severity. Correlations between parent and child ratings of QoL for children ages 8 to 11 years were generally higher than those for youth ages 12 to 17 years. Finally, externalizing behavior moderated the relations between tic severity and parent-rated QoL, such that tic severity was significantly associated with parent-rated QoL for children with below average externalizing symptoms but not for children 3with above average externalizing symptoms.

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living / psychology
  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adolescent
  • Age Factors
  • Child
  • Child Behavior Disorders / diagnosis
  • Child Behavior Disorders / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internal-External Control
  • Male
  • Personality Assessment
  • Personality Inventory
  • Quality of Life / psychology*
  • Sex Factors
  • Social Adjustment
  • Statistics as Topic
  • Tic Disorders / psychology*
  • Tourette Syndrome / psychology*