Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing (J Child Adolesc Psychiatr Nurs )

Publisher: Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurses, Blackwell Publishing


Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing (JCAPN) is the only nursing journal to focus exclusively on issues of child and adolescent mental health around the world. As a primary resource for nurses and other healthcare professionals in clinical practice, educator roles, and those conducting research in mental health and psychiatric care, the journal includes peer-reviewed, original articles from a wide range of contributors in a broad variety of settings. The breadth of topics covered in JCAPN includes psychosocial issues, psychopharmacology, the impact of interventions on cognitive, social, or emotional growth and development, environmental factors that facilitate or constrain mental health, social policy factors that influence the delivery of healthcare services, care of emotionally disturbed children in schools, inpatient and outpatient settings, care within the juvenile justice system, and psychiatric nursing education and research. Columns highlight conferences held around the world, book reviews of popular literature useful to clinicians, and case studies. Special theme topics are published periodically as an outcome of conferences and needs of the readers.

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    Journal of child and adolescent psychiatric nursing (Online), JCAPN
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Publications in this journal

  • Article: ACAPN News.
    Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing 10/2014; 27(4).
  • Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing 10/2014; 27(4).
  • Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing 10/2014; 27(4).
  • Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing 08/2013; 26(3).
  • Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing 11/2012; 25(4).
  • Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing 02/2012; 25(1).
  • Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing 02/2012; 25(1).
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    ABSTRACT: PROBLEM: Schizophrenia, which frequently strikes during adolescence or young adulthood, can have devastating effects on the family. Parents, who are primary caregivers for mentally ill adolescents, often lack the information and skills necessary to cope with the multiple and complex consequences of a major psychiatric disorder. Moreover, parents are ill- prepared to help their other children cope with the unpredictable changes that accompany having a mentally ill sibling. Asian American parents face similar issues in dealing with their schizophrenic adolescents. However, there is limited information available about this population. METHODS: The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine the experiences of four Asian American parents who participated in a community-based, family-centered, self-management intervention program for youth with schizophrenia. Participants were interviewed using semistructured interviews and language interpreters. Data were analyzed utilizing content analysis. FINDINGS: Four themes were identified: (a) same, but different; (b) sharing and learning; (c) using skills learned; and (d) working with interpreters. CONCLUSIONS: Results indicate that Asian American parents valued their participation in the group intervention and emphasized their similarities with non-Asian American families who have a mentally ill youth.
    Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing 11/2008; 21(4).
  • Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing 11/2008; 21(4).
  • Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing 06/2008; 21(2):65-7.
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    ABSTRACT: Korean American adolescents tend to experience more mental health problems than adolescents in other ethnic groups. The goal of this study was to examine the association between Korean American parent-adolescent relationships and adolescents' depressive symptoms in 56 families. Thirty-nine percent of adolescents reported elevated depressive symptoms. Adolescents' perceived low maternal warmth and higher intergenerational acculturation conflicts with fathers were significant predictors for adolescent depressive symptoms. The findings can be used to develop a family intervention program, the aim of which would be to decrease adolescent depressive symptoms by promoting parental warmth and decreasing parent-adolescent acculturation conflicts.
    Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing 06/2008; 21(2):105-15.
  • Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing 06/2008; 21(2):121-2.
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    ABSTRACT: Nationally, 542,000 children are in foster care. Many of these children have prior histories of maltreatment such as abuse and neglect, with neglect being the most common form of maltreatment and the reason for many children requiring foster care services. Painful experiences associated with maltreatment and the trauma of being removed from one's parents (foster care) may affect the developmental and mental health of children. This paper synthesizes the experiences associated with foster care and reveals foster care outcomes obtained through a literature search of published research. Specifically, the notions of oppression and domination defined by Young (1990) experienced by children in foster are explored. Review of the literature and clinical practice. Most children in foster care, if not all, experience feelings of confusion, fear, apprehension of the unknown, loss, sadness, anxiety, and stress. Such feelings and experiences must be addressed and treated early to prevent or decrease poor developmental and mental health outcomes that ultimately affect a child's educational experience and the quality of adulthood. Systemic orientation for all children entering foster care is proposed as a preventative intervention that addresses associated experiences of children in foster care.
    Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing 06/2008; 21(2):70-7.
  • Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing 06/2008; 21(2):68-9.
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    ABSTRACT: Controlled trials have demonstrated that parents of children experiencing high levels of aggression benefit greatly from parent training programs. Several programs have shown a decrease in parental stress, an increase in parental confidence, and higher levels of prosocial behavior in children as shown by outcomes based on quantitative measures. However, less attention has been paid to the views and experiences of parents themselves about the impact of such programs on themselves, their children, and their parent-child relationships. The purpose of this qualitative study was to elicit and explore parents' perceptions of the effectiveness of the Incredible Years Parent Training Program. Following their participation in the Incredible Years Program, 37 parents completed a semistructured interview and completed demographic questionnaires. Data were analyzed employing a content analysis of the transcripts and descriptive statistics of the demographic data. Parents strongly valued the support offered within the group therapy process, reporting a decrease in their stress levels, an increase in their confidence, as well as observing positive changes in their children and in the parent-child relationship. The findings of this research illuminate possible underlying mechanisms for these observed changes. Specifically, when parents feel accepted, supported, and not blamed by healthcare professionals, they seem to be able to engage in self-reflection specifically related to their parenting styles. In turn, their ability to reflect in the group and make sense of their own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors seems to have a positive influence on the process of change in themselves, their children, and in their relationships with their children and other family members.
    Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing 06/2008; 21(2):78-88.
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    ABSTRACT: Information is lacking about the experiences, needs of, and interventions for children of seriously mentally ill mothers. Quantitative and qualitative methods of inquiry were used to retrospectively explore the characteristics and needs of adult children of seriously mentally ill mothers. The sample (N = 40) was recruited by referral and media advertisements. Childhood variables related to attachment, family environment, and parenting were compared to adult well-being outcomes of depression, quality of life, sense of coherence, and self-esteem. Participants also responded to the question "What other question should have been included in this study about your experience as the child of a seriously mentally ill mother?" and, additionally, spontaneously added their own clarifications of their answers to the survey questions. It was apparent that the childhoods of participants were disruptive and often painful. Over half of the sample reported having their own diagnosis of depression in adulthood. Despite these factors, most members of the study sample were functioning well in adulthood, most often as a result of their own initiative. A high rate of depression in adulthood and participants' own descriptions of their painful memories and experiences of childhood identifies that more can and should be done to assist children of mentally ill mothers to cope with their environments. Interventions at various times in childhood are described.
    Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing 06/2008; 21(2):89-104.
  • Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing 06/2008; 21(2):68.
  • Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing 06/2008; 21(2):116-7.
  • Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing 06/2008; 21(2):118-20.
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    ABSTRACT: The conundrum of how to carry out psychotherapy with an adolescent whose primary currency of information exchange is visual as opposed to linguistic, and who is unable to develop a unified base of knowledge and hence generalize concepts, has confronted many mental health nurses in their encounters with individuals with Asperger's disorder. At the currently estimated escalating rate of occurrence of 1 to every 100 individuals having an autism spectrum disorder, and the estimate that 80% of these people have average or above intelligence, it makes sense that Asperger's disorder is frequently encountered by child and adolescent mental health nurses. Asperger's disorder represents a different way of being in the world that is associated with a higher frequency of anxiety disorders and depression than experienced by neurotypical counterparts. The inherent concretization in the externalization techniques in narrative therapy provide a novelly successful approach to psychotherapy with people with Asperger's disorder and in many cases resolution of the conundrum. This paper considers the features of Asperger's disorder and its consonance with the techniques of narrative therapy, and utilizes a case example that shows the potential efficacy of the application of this established approach in a new context. Contemporary literature on autism and narrative therapy. The implication of the potential application of narrative therapy in psychotherapy with individuals with autism is raised.
    Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing 03/2008; 21(1):48-56.