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PURPOSE: This study aims to investigate the association between social support variables and healthy lifestyle for asthma management among early adolescents (ages 9-14 years). DESIGN AND METHODS: Questionnaires were completed by 86 parent-adolescent dyads. RESULTS: Healthy lifestyle was associated with social support variables. The association with peer acceptance was stronger among adolescents who received less asthma-specific support from peers. Age was negatively associated with healthy lifestyle, but the association was attenuated after adjustment for asthma-specific peer support. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: The findings of this study suggest recognizing the developmental change of social support during early adolescence.

Original publication




Journal article


J Spec Pediatr Nurs

Publication Date





272 - 281


Adaptation, Psychological, Adolescent, Adolescent Behavior, Asthma, Child, Child Behavior, Female, Health Behavior, Humans, Interpersonal Relations, Life Style, Male, Parent-Child Relations, Peer Group, Self Care, Social Support, Surveys and Questionnaires, United Kingdom