Over a relatively brief period of time pediatric psychology as an organized field has evolved and expanded as a science and in clinical practice. Reflecting a newer focus on family roles in health and illness, the present volume is relevant to a variety of fields because family issues and pediatric medicine inherently interact with numerous disciplines and approaches.
This volume fills the need for a resource indicating research advancements that links pediatric psychology and pediatrics with family issues. The articles -- selected from special issues of Pediatric Psychology -- cover such topics as chronic illnesses and handicapping conditions, failure to thrive, spina bifida, recurrent abdominal pain, and health promotion. These pediatric conditions are considered in terms of concomitant psychosocial effects on parents and siblings, family resources and environment, adjustment and maladjustment, interventions and programming utilizing and assisting families.
Table of Contents
Contents: Preface. M.C. Roberts, J.L. Wallander, Family Issues in Pediatric Psychology: An Overview. Part I: Individual Disorders. A.E. Kazak, A.T. Meadows, Families of Young Adolescents Who Have Survived Cancer: Social-Emotional Adjustment, Adaptability, and Social Support. R.L. Murch, L.H. Cohen, Relationships Among Life Stress, Perceived Family Environment, and the Psychological Distress of Spina Bifida Adolescents. L.S. Walker, J.W. Greene, Children with Recurrent Abdominal Pain and Their Parents: More Somatic Complaints, Anxiety, and Depression than Other Patient Families? D. Drotar, D. Eckerle, The Family Environment in Nonorganic Failure to Thrive: A Controlled Study. P.J. Mason, R.A. Olson, J.G. Myers, H.C. Huszti, M. Kenning, AIDS and Hemophilia: Implications for Interventions with Families. J.M. Chaney, L. Peterson, Family Variables and Disease Management in Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. Part II: Noncategorical Disorders. J.L. Wallander, J.W. Varni, L. Babani, H.T. Banis, K.T. Wilcox, Family Resources as Resistance Factors for Psychological Maladjustment in Chronically Ill and Handicapped Children. J.L. Wallander, J.W. Varni, L. Babani, C.B. DeHaan, K.T. Wilcox, H.T. Banis, The Social Environment and the Adaptation of Mothers of Physically Handicapped Children. L.L. Dyson, Adjustment of Siblings of Handicapped Children: A Comparison. L.S. Walker, J.A. Ortiz-Valdes, J.R. Newbrough, The Role of Maternal Employment and Depression in the Psychological Adjustment of Chronically Ill, Mentally Retarded, and Well Children. Part III: Intervention Programs and Issues. W. Satin, A.M. La Greca, M.Z. Zigo, J.S. Skyler, Diabetes in Adolescence: Effects of Multifamily Group Intervention and Parent Simulation of Diabetes. T.L. Patterson, J.F. Sallis, P.R. Nader, R.M. Kaplan, J.W. Rupp, C.J. Atkins, K.L. Senn, Familial Similarities of Changes in Cognitive, Behavioral, and Physiological Variables in a Cardiovascular Health Promotion Program. J.W. Hatcher, A.J. Richtsmeier, S. Westin, Anxiety in Parents Seeking Pediatric Care. Part IV: A Theoretical Perspective. B.H. Fiese, A.J. Sameroff, Family Context in Pediatric Psychology: A Transactional Perspective.
"...the material presented is diverse and up-to-date....invaluable for professionals across a wide variety of health-related disciplines....The articles provide insight into issues that need to be considered prior to intervention as well as guidelines for working with families of children with specific types of disorders....an excellent reference source."
"...well presented and could add to improved methods of assisting families in dealing with the various stresses that they encounter."
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"...makes a significant contribution to the fields of pediatric and family psychology. It is a well-balanced compilation....The research reported in this collection is carefully designed and clinically relevant."
—Journal of Pediatric Psychology