Psychological Interventions in Childhood Chronic Illness
For individuals in the U.S. & U.S. territories
Children and adolescents with chronic illnesses face extraordinary psychological stressors, which often occur alongside or because of burdensome medical treatment regimens. Illness-related pressure and worry plague family members as well. These children and families need psychological support to help them comply with doctors' orders and to cope with issues such as restricted physical activity, frequent absences from school, and social problems. This book is designed to advance scientific understanding of interventions that promote psychological adaptation and adherence to treatment for children and adolescents with chronic health conditions.
Throughout the book, key research findings concerning illness management, reducing noncompliance, and improving psychological outcomes are brought to light. The author lays out research priorities and discusses clinical applications that integrate research into practice. Psychologists who provide clinical care in pediatric settings will learn about new interventions that can be tailored to the individual needs of children and families coping with asthma, diabetes, cancer, sickle-cell anemia, arthritis, and cystic fibrosis. Researchers will find guidance on the design, methodology, measurement, and ethics of testing interventions with children and families.
I. Overview of Research
- Psychological Intervention Research: Needs and Critical Issues
- Theoretical Models and Frameworks for Psychological Intervention
II. Pragmatic Strategies
- Research Design Considerations for Psychological Interventions
- Implementing Psychological Intervention Research in Pediatric Settings
- Ethical Issues in Conducting Psychological Interventions
III. Psychological Interventions With Representative Pediatric Chronic Conditions: Research and Clinical Applications
- Psychological Interventions: Asthma
- Psychological Interventions: Diabetes
- Psychological Interventions: Pediatric Cancer
- Psychological Interventions: Sickle Cell Disease and Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Psychological Interventions: Cystic Fibrosis
IV. Summary and Conclusion
- Recommendations to Enhance Science, Practice and Policy
About the Author
CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title 2006!
This book is one of the best I've read in the area of pediatric health psychology. Evidence of the author's clinical and research expertise is abundant within its pages.
—New England Psychologist
The book exemplifies what a work focused on using research to assist others should encompass. The examples are very comprehensively described, and give readers ideas to apply in their own practice, along with evidence-based practice guidelines. Highly recommended.