Developmental effects on the adolescent of a temporary ileostomy

J Wound Ostomy Continence Nurs. 1996 Jul;23(4):210-7. doi: 10.1016/s1071-5754(96)90093-5.


Adolescence is an exciting time of transition, as the child breaks away from a dependent role and establishes an independent adult identity. Adolescents vacillate between dependence and independence as they meet the daily challenges of growing up. The adolescent with a chronic illness, however, may find dependence thrust upon him or her by physical condition and health care needs. This article describes how a temporary ileostomy can interfere with the adolescent's ability to master developmental tasks. Initial findings from semistructured interviews of four teenage boys provide evidence of the effects of a temporary ileostomy on an adolescent's psychosocial development.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Body Image
  • Child
  • Child Development*
  • Humans
  • Ileostomy / adverse effects
  • Ileostomy / psychology*
  • Male
  • Peer Group
  • Psychology, Adolescent*
  • Psychosexual Development
  • Surveys and Questionnaires