Children s Health Care (CHILD HEALTH CARE )

Publisher: Association for the Care of Children's Health, Taylor & Francis


This well-established journal publishes empirically-based articles addressing theoretical, clinical, programmatic, training, and professional practice issues relevant to the family-centered, developmental, and psychosocial aspects of children's health care. It also contains substantive and methodological reviews pertaining to these areas. As such, it welcomes articles involving parent-professional collaboration and multidisciplinary efforts including nursing, child life, psychology, social work, and related disciplines. The journal's goal is to establish a strong justification for psychosocial care of children and provide an empirical base for professional applications with children and families interacting with health care settings and personnel.

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    Children's Health Care website
  • Other titles
    Children's health care, JACCH
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  • Document type
    Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

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Taylor & Francis

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    • 'Taylor & Francis (Psychology Press)' is an imprint of 'Taylor & Francis'
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Publications in this journal

  • Children s Health Care 08/2014; 43(2):169-185.
  • Children s Health Care 01/2013; 42(4):353-363.
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    ABSTRACT: Assessed the coping process in 35 mothers of premature and at-risk infants using a cognitive-behavioral theory to examine the relation among the stressful event, appraisal of the event, coping, and psychological symptomatology. Ss completed the Ways of Coping Questionnaire—Revised (S. Folkman and R. S. Lazarus, 1988), Brief Symptom Inventory (L. R. Derogatis, 1983), Stress Appraisal Measure (E. J. Peacock and P. P. Wong), and the Family Support Scale (C. J. Dunst et al, 1984). Results show that 60% of the Ss presented with clinically significant levels of distress. Tests of additional hypotheses and research questions addressed the role of appraisals and coping strategies. Hierarchical regression analysis revealed that 58% of the variance in distress was explained by 4 variables. The appraisal of uncontrollability, confrontive coping, and escape-avoidant coping were predictive of increased distress. The coping strategy of accepting responsibility was predictive of decreased distress. Satisfaction with the child's physician was a significant indicator of better functioning. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
    Children s Health Care 10/2012;
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    ABSTRACT: Examined what techniques professionals can use to facilitate children's adjustment to maternal separation and establish rapport. It is noted that previous recommendations seem contradictory and are rarely based on research findings. In their mother's presence, 64 3.5 yr olds were greeted with either a gradual or quick approach by a female stranger who interacted with them for either 0, 1, 10, or 20 min. (The 20 min included a 10-min home visit 1 day earlier.) The children were subsequently left alone with the stranger in another room. Lengthier preliminary interaction by the stranger resulted in the children's electing to remain with her longer before leaving the room to return to their mother—but only when the stranger approached them quickly. Shorter preliminary interactions led to children's returning to their mother more slowly than did lengthier initial interactions if the children originally received an extended, gradual greeting. Any positive effects from visiting the children at their home were nullified by having approached them gradually. Thus, too much preparation may be deleterious for establishing rapport. In contrast to the matter-of-fact, quick greeting, the excessive extended greeting may have served to signal children that aversive events were imminent. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
    Children s Health Care 10/2012;
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    ABSTRACT: This study examined sleep patterns and the association between sleep and perceived health for children with and without CF. Ninety families (45 CF) completed questionnaires about the child's sleep and health. Significant group differences were found for sleep patterns (bedtime, wake time, total sleep time), symptoms of sleep disordered breathing, and sleep disturbances. Poorer perceived health was associated with sleep disturbances among children with CF, but not for children without CF. This study highlights the importance of including sleep in the evaluation of children with CF, as both medical and behavioral interventions can improve the sleep of children with CF.
    Children s Health Care 01/2012; 41(3):260-268.
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    ABSTRACT: Little is known regarding adherence-related factors for children prescribed continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Parent and child health-related perceptions may contribute to adherence. This study investigated objective and subjective OSA-related health parameters for 51 youth ages 8–17 with OSA. More than half were non-adherent to CPAP, and three-fourths were overweight or obese. While objective disease severity did not differ between groups, youth who were non-adherent had more subjective symptoms (parent-reported daytime sleepiness and sleep duration problems; youth-reported daytime problem behaviors). Further research is needed to develop interventions to promote CPAP adherence for children with OSA.
    Children s Health Care 01/2012;
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    ABSTRACT: This paper examines the effectiveness of group-based weight control treatment on adolescent social functioning. Eighty-nine adolescents who were randomized to group-based cognitive behavioral treatment (CBT) with aerobic exercise (CBT+EXER) or peer enhanced adventure therapy (CBT+PEAT) completed measures of social functioning at baseline, end of treatment, and 12-month follow-up. Results demonstrated significant reductions in adolescent perceptions of peer rejection and social anxiety over time with no significant demonstrated group differences. Improvements in social functioning were related to increases in self-concept dimensions. Findings demonstrate benefits of group-based weight control treatment for enhancing adolescent self-perceived social functioning across multiple domains.
    Children s Health Care 07/2011; 40(3):197-211.
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    ABSTRACT: The study examined content of adolescent goals and mothers' awareness of these goals in the context of type 1 diabetes management. Adolescents and their mothers independently reported short-term goals for the adolescent, which were coded into domains. Mothers predicted whether the goal they rated as most important would also be reported by their adolescent, and coders verified the accuracy of mothers' judgments. Mothers' accuracy was associated with less adolescent depressed mood. When mothers' accuracy reflected mother–adolescent agreement that the goal was important and being pursued by the adolescent, this positive accuracy was associated with less adolescent depressed mood, fewer problems with diabetes, and maternal acceptance. Results emphasize the importance of considering the social nature of goals in mother–adolescent relationships and diabetes management.
    Children s Health Care 01/2011; 40(2):155-169.
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to identify the associations between parental and child psychosocial factors and pain in juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). The sample comprised 142 patients with JIA and the attending parent. Explorative factor analysis was used to identify higher-order factors reflecting the interaction between the parent (parental anxiety and depressive symptoms, parental illness management, and parental self-efficacy) and child (trait anxiety, depression, functional disability, pain, and self-efficacy) variables. Linear multiple regression analysis was used to investigate the extent to which these common factors might account for variance in the levels of pain experienced by children diagnosed with JIA. One of the higher-order factors comprised both parental and child variables. This and two additional factors were uniquely associated with the children's pain reports in the regression analysis. Research and clinical implications are discussed in light of the findings of the study.
    Children s Health Care 01/2011; 40(1):34-52.
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    ABSTRACT: This study examined health-related quality of life and adjustment among children with eosinophil- associated gastrointestinal disorders (EGID) compared with an age-matched sample without acute or chronic illness. Participants were youth ages 2 to 18 years. Children and caregivers completed measures of psychological symptoms and health-related quality of life (HRQOL). Significant group differences were found for child report of depressive, as well as anxiety symptoms. Significant group differences were also found for caregiver report of psychological symptoms and social skills. Finally, based on parent and youth report, HRQOL and greater school absenteeism were associated with EGID diagnosis.
    Children s Health Care 10/2010; 39(4):266-278.
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    ABSTRACT: Examined the level of psychological distress in 61 children with HIV (aged 6–11 yrs). Three domains of child psychological distress were measured by both caregiver and child report: separation anxiety, generalized anxiety, and depression. Information about caregiver's psychological distress was also collected. Hierarchical multiple regression analyses were conducted to test the hypothesis that caregiver psychological distress would account for significant variance in child psychological distress beyond that accounted for by demographic and disease variables. This hypothesis was confirmed only for the caregiver's report of the child's psychological distress. The child's knowledge of his or her diagnosis affected both parent and child reports of the child's psychological distress. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
    Children s Health Care 06/2010;
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    ABSTRACT: Discusses the needs of ventilator-dependent infants and young children cared for at home. In addition to medical and financial considerations, parents need support to avoid creating psychological handicaps by being overprotective, and to develop strategies to decrease the infant's agitation that could interfere with bonding. Parent-to-parent support groups and help with the emotional turmoil of transition from hospital to home are necessary. With coordinated efforts of the family and a multidisciplinary health team, these children can be successfully cared for at home and the quality of life improved. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
    Children s Health Care 06/2010;
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    ABSTRACT: Data from a 10-site longitudinal investigation of environmental factors associated with child development, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Study on Early Child Care and Youth Development, were analyzed to identify psychosocial and lifestyle factors connected to early-onset persistent and late-onset asthma. Results showed that early-onset persistent asthma was associated with male gender, high levels of respiratory illness, and fewer opportunities for active experiences connected to family life. Late-onset asthma was related to minority status, high levels of respiratory illness, and not entering child care prior to 6 months. Parenting stress early in life does not appear to increase the risk for asthma in the general population.
    Children s Health Care 01/2010; 39(3):185-198.