Table 3

Child behaviour change items (percentage who scored 4 or 5 indicating more problems than before surgery)

Day 2 (n=117)Week 1 (n=116)Week 2* (n=119)Week 4 (n=110)
Behaviour statement (subscale)%%%%
Does your child have temper tantrums? (AA)12.818.115.111.8
Does your child make a fuss about eating? (EA)23.917.213.410
Does your child get upset when you leave him for a few minutes? (SA)28.215.513.48.2
Does your child spend time trying to get or hold your attention? (SA)25.619.813.410
Does your child get upset when someone mentions doctors/hospitals? (SA)17.112.911.812.7
Does your child have bad dreams at night or wake up and cry? (SA)18.814.710.99.1
Does your child have trouble getting to sleep at night? (SL)9.413.810.97.3
Does your child make a fuss about going to bed at night? (SL)1214.710.98.2
Does your child tend to disobey you? (AA)10.313.810.17.3
Does your child follow you everywhere around the house? (SA)1218.19.27.3
Is your child afraid of the dark? (SL)6.812.19.25.5
Does your child have a poor appetite? (EA)24.817.29.210
Does your child have irregular bowel movements? (GA)17.912.18.46.4
Does your child have difficulty making up his mind? (GA)7.711.27.62.7
Is it difficult to get your child to talk to you? (AW)11.16.97.61.8
Does your child need a lot of help doing things? (AW)28.212.96.74.5
Does your child seem to avoid/be afraid of new things? (GA)5.16.954.5
Does your child break toys or other objects? (AW)0.92.652.7
Does your child wet the bed at night? (AW)5.14.34.23.6
Does your child bite his fingernails? (GA)6.85.24.22.7
Is it difficult to get your child interested in doing things? (AW)11.164.21.8
Does your child spend time just sitting/lying doing nothing? (EA)39.718.12.52.7
Does your child seem to be shy around strangers? (AW)15.49.52.54.5
Is your child uninterested in what goes on around him? (GA)10.34.31.70.9
Does your child suck his fingers or thumbs? (GA)4.31.71.70.9
Does your child need a pacifier? (GA)61.70.81.8
Does your child seem to be afraid of leaving the house with you? (GA)64.30.80
  • *Statements ranked in descending order for week 2.

  • AA, aggression to authority; AW, apathy/withdrawal; EA, eating disturbances; GA, general anxiety; SA, separation anxiety; SL, sleep anxiety.