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

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Taylor & Francis

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    • STM: Science, Technology and Medicine
    • SSH: Social Science and Humanities
    • Publisher last contacted on 25/03/2014
    • 'Taylor & Francis (Psychology Press)' is an imprint of 'Taylor & Francis'
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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: AbstractThe current study aimed to examine factors predicting camp experiences and attitudes towards having Tourette syndrome (TS). Twenty-eight campers with TS and their caregivers completed measures before and after camp. Higher depressive symptoms before camp significantly predicted poorer camp experiences and attitudes towards having TS at the end of camp. Neither externalizing symptoms nor TS symptoms emerged as significant predictors of camp experiences or attitudes towards having TS. Identification and treatment of symptoms related to depression may benefit children with TS who attend camp.
    Children s Health Care 12/2014;
  • Children s Health Care 08/2014; 43(2):169-185.
  • Children s Health Care 10/2013; 42(4):353-363.
  • Children s Health Care 01/2013;
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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: The current investigation examines sleep debt, sleepiness, screen time, physical activity, and weight status among a sample of adolescents. One-hundred-ten adolescents were included in the analyses. Students completed sleep questions, a sleepiness questionnaire, a measure of physical activity, and anthropometric data were gathered. Results indicated significant relationships between sleep debt and sleepiness, screen time and sleepiness, and sleepiness and physical activity levels. Additionally, significant differences were found for physical activity and screen time, but not for sleepiness, between students among different weight status categories. A better understanding of sleep behaviors and weight status may ultimately inform prevention/treatment programs designed to reduce obesity in adolescents.
    Children s Health Care 10/2012;
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    ABSTRACT: This study evaluated the extent to which family-centered practices were implemented in 11 Early Intervention Program for Infants and Young Children (EIPIC). The EIPIC centers offer center-based interventions to young children with moderate and severe disabilities in Singapore. A mixed-method approach was used to evaluate the study. The Measure of Processes of Care (MPOC-20) questionnaire was administered to 310 parents. Exploratory factor analyzes were performed and generated 16 items that loaded on to 4 factors: Enabling and Partnership, Provision of General Information, Provision of Child-specific Information, and Respectful and Supportive Care. The factor “Coordinated and Comprehensive Care” failed to emerge as a dimension of family-centered care giving. Focus group discussions with 70 parents provided further in-depth information to delineate and elaborate family-oriented factors that parents perceived as important in contributing to family well-being. These included: the nature of support they liked from professional staff, opportunities to build parent capacity to care for their child with disability, and the provision of specific kinds of information and resources. Limitations and implications for practice were discussed.
    Children s Health Care 10/2012;
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    ABSTRACT: The present study was designed to examine how changes in an individual factor, hope, are associated with changes in physical activity over the course of a weight-management program for children (i.e., “Positively Fit”). This study consisted of 67 participants measured for height and weight (to determine BMI percentiles), and who completed self-report measures of hope and physical activity pre- and post-intervention. Results indicated that changes in hope were significantly associated with changes in physical activity over the course of treatment. Future research may benefit from examining the relationship between hope and more objective measures of physical activity, but the present study suggests that hope may be an important individual factor in physical activity change.
    Children s Health Care 10/2012;
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    ABSTRACT: This study evaluates sleep characteristics among young children with type 1 diabetes and associations with parent sleep and emotional functioning and diabetes care. Study participants included twenty-four parents of young children with type 1 diabetes (ages 2–5) enrolled in a pilot study of a randomized-controlled trial. Child sleep characteristics were within normal limits. However, increased child bedtime resistance and behavioral insomnia were related to greater parent stress, anxiety, and depression and use of an intensive insulin regimen. Type 1 diabetes management may impact child and parent sleep as well as parent emotional functioning. Implications for practice are presented.
    Children s Health Care 07/2012;
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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 07/2012; 41(3):260-268.
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    ABSTRACT: The standardized multidimensional assessment of fatigue has not been previously conducted in pediatric patients with short stature. Consequently, the objective of the present exploratory study was to assess fatigue in a heterogeneous sample of pediatric patients with short stature utilizing the PedsQL™ Multidimensional Fatigue Scale. The 18-item PedsQL™ Multidimensional Fatigue Scale (General Fatigue, Sleep/Rest Fatigue, and Cognitive Fatigue domains) and the 23-item PedsQL™ 4.0 Generic Core Scales (Physical, Emotional, Social, and School Functioning) were completed by 29 pediatric patients with a physician-diagnosis of short stature and 31 parents from a hospital-based Pediatric Endocrinology Clinic. Pediatric patients with short stature experienced more fatigue and impaired generic health-related quality of life (HRQOL) than healthy children, demonstrating comparable fatigue to pediatric patients receiving cancer treatment. Cognitive fatigue and school functioning were reported by both pediatric patients and their parents as most impaired. The results demonstrate the relative severity of fatigue symptoms and impaired HRQOL in pediatric patients with short stature, indicating the potential clinical utility of the standardized multidimensional assessment of fatigue and HRQOL in these patients on a routine basis.
    Children s Health Care 04/2012;
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    ABSTRACT: Study aims were to determine types of stressors present prior to pediatric hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) and 45 days post-HSCT; identify coping strategies used; and evaluate the perceived strategy efficacy from the patient's perspective as measured by the Kidcope. Pre-HSCT, the majority of 93 participants (7–18 years) chose stressors that were classified as “psychosocial” (63% vs. 37%). At Day 45, participants selecting “medical” stressors increased from 37% to 50%. At both time points “Wishful thinking” was used most frequently, despite it being the least effective coping strategy. The most efficacious coping strategy at both time points was social support.
    Children s Health Care 04/2012;