While in the late 1970s and early 1980s health compliance research on adults represented a vigorous field of study, a marked decline of interest on the topic set in during the last part of the 1980s. By contrast, research on health compliance involving pediatric populations was less popular during the same period; however, interest in this topic -- as evidenced by the contributions to this volume -- is on the increase.
Four main themes -- relating to theory, measurement, prevention, and intervention -- emerge and are interwoven among the chapters. These themes help to bind and unify the volume into a conceptual whole because although the sections are divided along thematic lines, contributors often include elements of some or all of the themes in their chapters. This state of affairs reflects the interdependence of these thematic issues and suggests how important they are for the state of the art.
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Contents: N.A. Krasnegor, Introduction. Part I: N.A. Krasnegor, Definition of Compliance and Overview of Health Compliance Research. P. Karoly, Enlarging the Scope of the Compliance Construct: Toward Developmental and Motivational Relevance. J. Dunbar-Jacob, E.J. Dunning, K. Dwyer, Compliance Research in Pediatric and Adolescent Populations: Two Decades of Research. Part II: N.A. Krasnegor, Theories of Health Compliance Behavior. R.J. Ianotti, P.J. Bush, Toward a Developmental Theory of Compliance. B.J. Andersen, J.C. Coyne, Family Context and Compliance Behavior in Chronically Ill Children. H. Leventhal, Theories of Compliance, and Turning Necessities Into Preferences: Application to Adolescent Health Action. J. Brooks-Gunn, Why Do Adolescents Have Difficulty Adhering to Health Regimes? Part III: N.A. Krasnegor, Measurement. S.B. Johnson, Chronic Diseases of Childhood: Assessing Compliance With Complex Medical Regimens. P. Rudd, The Measurement of Compliance: Medication Taking. Part IV: N.A. Krasnegor, Prevention. E.R. Christophersen, Improving Compliance in Childhood Injury Control. L.H. Epstein, A. Valoski, J. McCurley, Compliance and Long-Term Follow-Up for Childhood Obesity: Retrospective Analysis. C.K. Ewart, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention: A Social Action Conception of Compliance Behavior. Part V: N.A. Krasnegor, Intervention. W.S. Agras, Adherence Intervention Research: The Need for a Multilevel Approach. T.L. Creer, Medication Compliance and Childhood Asthma. A.M. Delamater, Compliance Interventions for Children With Diabetes and Other Chronic Diseases. N.A. Krasnegor, Epilogue: Future Research Directions.
"This authoritative and well-written volume compiles an outstanding array of edited chapters on youngsters' acceptance of medical and other health-related regimens, such as dieting and exercise....A primary strength of this volume is the extent of clear and critical discussions of the meanings of compliance, as well as of health and illness and related terms such as wellness....The editors and authors all have strong reputations in their areas. The chapters are written knowledgeably and often in an appropriately impassioned way....It will be of enormous value to human service professionals, researchers, and students in several areas, including dentistry, health education, health promotion, health psychology, medical sociology, medicine, nursing, pediatrics, and social work."