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Chronic Illness in Children and Adolescents
Brown, Ronald T, Brian P. Daly and Annette U. Rickel
Hogrefe Publishing / Softcover / 2007-08-01 / 0889373191
Mind & Body / Empirically Based Therapy
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86 pages
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Management of chronic illness in children and adolescents often is a multifaceted challenge that requires the attention and expertise of individuals from a variety of disciplines that include psychology, psychiatry, social work, and medicine. The aim of this book is to provide readers with a practical overview of the definitions, characteristics, theories and models, diagnostic and treatment indications, and relevant aspects and methods of evidence-based psychosocial treatments for chronic illness in children and adolescents. Although treatments and research for chronic conditions are reviewed in general, particular attention is directed at asthma, cancer, cystic fibrosis, diabetes mellitus, and sickle cell disease due to the high incidence of these chronic diseases among children and adolescents. Case vignettes and suggestions for further reading are provided for the interested reader.
"This tightly written guide pulls together essential information on evidence-based psychosocial management and symptom control for the most common chronic illnesses of childhood."
Gerald P. Koocher, PhD, Dean and Professor, School for Health Studies, Simmons College, Boston; 2006 President, American Psychological Association

"This is an absolutely outstanding book…. One of the major strengths of the book is its integration of key assessment and management issues across a variety of chronic illnesses that affect children and adolescents, rather than a disease-specific approach that could mask many of the similarities across conditions. Attention to multicultural issues is another strength that also distinguishes this volume from others in the field. Overall, this book is likely to be an indispensable resource for today's child health professionals."
Annette M. La Greca, PhD, Cooper Fellow, Professor of Psychology and Pediatrics and Director of Clinical Training, University of Miami

"The book is an excellent, user-friendly resource for practitioners and their trainees."
Dennis Drotar, PhD, Professor, Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology and Director, Center for Adherence and Self-Management, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

"This succinct volume concisely conveys the multifaceted considerations in psychosocial and medical issues associated with pediatric chronic illnesses. All of the critical issues are touched upon by integrating the scientific literature with applications to clinical practice."
Michael C. Roberts, PhD, Professor and Director, Clinical Child Psychology Program, University of Kansas
Table of Contents
1 Description
1.1 Terminology
1.2 Definition
1.3 Epidemiology
1.3.1 Incidence and Prevalence
1.4 Course and Prognosis
1.4.1 Asthma
1.4.2 Cancer
1.4.3 Cystic Fibrosis
1.4.4 Diabetes Mellitus
1.4.5 Sickle Cell Disease
1.5 Differential Diagnosis
1.6 Comorbidities
1.6.1 Asthma
1.6.2 Cancer
1.6.3 Cystic Fibrosis
1.6.4 Diabetes Mellitus
1.6.5 Sickle Cell Disease
1.7 Diagnostic Procedures and Documentation
2 Theories and Models of the Disorder
2.1 Risk Factors
2.1.1 Disease and Disability Parameters
2.1.2 Genetic Disorders
2.1.3 Intrauterine Growth Retardation, Prematurity, and Low Birth Weight
2.1.4 Teratogens
2.1.5 Disease Severity
2.1.6 Functional Independence
2.1.7 Psychosocial Stressors
2.2 Resistance Factors
2.2.1 Intrapersonal Factors
2.3 Social-Ecological Factors
2.3.1 Family Functioning
2.3.2 Financial Resources
2.3.3 Stress Processing
2.4 Applying the Models to Sickle Cell Disease
3 Diagnosis and Treatment Indications
3.1 Caregiver and Child Interviews
3.2 Behavior
3.3 Cognition
3.4 Affect
3.5 Adherence
3.6 Stress and Coping
3.7 Quality of Life
3.8 Family Variables
3.9 Summary
4 Treatment
4.1 Methods of Treatment
4.1.1 Behavior Therapy
4.1.2 Cognitive-Behavior Therapy
4.1.3 Behavioral and Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions – Empirical Support and Clinical Trials
4.1.4 Psychological Adjustment
4.1.5 Psychosocial Factors, Coping, and Pain Management
4.1.6 Adherence
4.1.7 Family Systems Interventions
4.1.8 Parent Training
4.1.9 Group Therapy
4.1.10 Peer Group Interventions
4.1.11 Peer Support Groups
4.1.12 Electronic Peer Support Groups
4.1.13 Self-Regulatory Skill Training, Self-Management, and Psychoeducational Strategies
4.2 Mechanisms of Action
4.3 Efficacy and Prognosis
4.4 Variations and Combinations of Methods
4.5 Problems in Carrying out the Treatment
4.5.1 Individual Barriers
4.5.2 Family Barriers
4.5.3 Provider Barriers
4.5.4 System and Setting-Based Barriers
4.6 Multicultural Issues
4.7 Summary
5 Case Vignette
6 Further Reading
7 References
8 Appendix: Tools and Resources

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