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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  • 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

  • Children s Health Care 08/2014; 43(2):169-185.
  • Children s Health Care 10/2013; 42(4):353-363.
  • Elizabeth Culnan, Stephanie Brooks Holliday, Brian P. Daly, Richa Aggarwal, Jacqueline D. Kloss
    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: 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: 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: 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;
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    ABSTRACT: This study examined child routines as a moderator of the relationship between children's daily hassles and internalizing and externalizing behavior problems. School and community children (n = 131) ages 8 through 12 reported on daily hassles and their primary caregivers reported on child routines and behavior problems. Moderated multiple regression indicated significant main effects for child routines. A significant interaction was found between children's daily hassles and child routines for the internalizing model but not for the externalizing model. Children reporting more daily hassles had fewer internalizing behaviors when they also had more frequent child routines.
    Children s Health Care 04/2012;
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    ABSTRACT: Purpose: The aim of this study was to assess the relationship between breastfeeding and sleep over time in a longitudinal study of infants. Methods: 89 mothers of exclusively breast-fed (35) and exclusively formula-fed (54) infants (ages 3-12 months) completed the Brief Infant Sleep Questionnaire at baseline and at four follow-up visits (3, 6, 9, and 12-18 months later). Data were analyzed using MANOVA with a Bonferroni correction = .008 due to multiple comparisons. Results: Concurrent analyses indicated that infants who were exclusively breastfed had significantly more night wakings (p=.002) and were less likely to wake up in their own bed (p<.001). These infants also took more frequent naps during the day (p=.003) than the formula-fed infants. Differences in night wakings (p=.003) and waking up in own bed (p=.007) persisted 3-months later. Additionally, formula-fed infants had significantly longer stretches of sleep at night (p=.007) 3 months later. At 6-month follow-up, waking up in own bed (p=.007) was the only significant group difference. Notably, despite these group differences over time, there were no differences in the length of time to fall asleep or the total amount of sleep during the night at any time point. By the 9-month and long-term (12-18 month) follow-up, all group differences in sleep had disappeared. Conclusion: Overall, study findings suggest that sleep disruptions associated with breastfeeding, including increased night wakings and sleep fragmentation, resolve over time. By 6-month follow-up, infants who were exclusively breastfed had equal sleep skills including falling asleep, staying asleep and total sleep time at night. Thus, families who breastfeed should not be concerned about establishing any long-term sleep issues.
    2011 American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition; 10/2011
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    ABSTRACT: This article proposes a systems-based framework to examine 3 structural dimensions of childhood obesity interventions that can impact intervention sustainability, scalability, and reach. These 3 dimensions are the locus of intervention drivers (top-down vs. bottom-up), the locus of change effected (policy vs. individual behavior), and the public versus private sector. Interventions focused on individual behavior change often rely on bottom-up approaches and have generally been less sustainable than policy interventions. However, top-down (government or industry) support can lead to better funding and shifts in social norms. In the public sector, top-down efforts targeting individual behavior are generally also more scalable and have wider reach to diverse communities. In the private sector, behavior-change interventions tend to have greater resources and are sustained over longer periods, even when efficacy is in question; they may also be quite scalable. In a systems approach, a combination of approaches that encompass the structural dimensions in systems space will likely be needed to significantly impact childhood obesity. Next-generation childhood obesity interventions should be able to demonstrate sustainability, scalability, and reach as benchmarks of plausible success and criteria for investment.
    Children s Health Care 07/2011; 40(3):253-266.
  • Children s Health Care 07/2011; 40(3):171-178.
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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.