Assessing Children's Well-Being: A Handbook of Measures

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Behavioral medicine has now matured as a field to the point where all recognize that different populations are presented with different issues. Psychological reactions and patterns affect the health and well-being of children, as well as adults, and numerous standardized instruments for the assessment of a variety of areas of children's functioning are currently available. Yet, it can be difficult for practitioners and researchers searching through general compendia of resources for child assessment--which are frequently focused on general techniques rather than specific instruments--to identify the optimal ones to meet their particular needs and to choose among them.

This practical and comprehensive reference guide is the first to sort, present, and review all the measures that can be used to evaluate the behavioral, cognitive, and emotional aspects of children's health. It organizes the measures under eight general headings, such as quality of life, adherence, pain management, and patient satisfaction. Each chapter begins with a leading authority's overview of the underlying theoretical construct and any concerns about how to measure it. Descriptions and reviews of relevant instruments follow; these include information on administration, scoring, psychometric properties, and ordering, as well as comments by the instruments' developers.

Assessing Children's Well-Being: A Handbook of Measures will be welcomed by all those professionals and scientists who seek to assess and effectively address the complex interactions between physical health and mental health in children.

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1 Health Status and Quality of Life
2 Adherence
3 Pain Management
4 Child Behavior
5 Child Development
6 Child Coping
7 Cognitions Attributions and Attitudes
8 Environment
9 Consumer Satisfaction
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Sylvie Naar-King, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at Wayne State University. A pediatric psychologist, she conducts research on motivational and family therapy interventions for youth with HIV, asthma, diabetes, and obesity, and for adolescent risk reduction. Dr. Naar-King is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and is responsible for the MI training of medical residents at the Children's Hospital of Michigan. Mariann Suarez, PhD, ABPP, is Head of Child Psychology and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. She is a pediatric psychologist whose research focuses on the use of MI in the areas of substance misuse, child abuse and parenting, and the training of medical students and community practitioners. Dr. Suarez is a Diplomate in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology, a Fellow of the American Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology, and a member of MINT.

Susan Deller Ross is a professor of law at the University of Georgetown Law Center. Her publications include a law school casebook entitled Sex Discrimination and the Law; several articles on women’s legal rights; and judicial training materials on child custody, visitation, and spousal support for the Women Judges Fund for justice.

Isabelle Katz Pinzler has been director of the ACLU Women’s Rights Project since 1978.

Deborah A. Ellis is legal director of the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Kary L. Moss has been a staff attorney with the Women’s Rights Project since 1988. She has published extensively on governmental efforts to punish women for their prenatal behavior and on accessing health care for low-income women.

Maureen A. Frey, PhD, RN, is a Research Associate at Wayne State University, School of Medicine, and is coordinator of the Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Research Network. Dr. Frey received her MSN and doctorate (PhD in nursing) from Wayne State University. She is a pioneer in developing and testing middle range theory derived from King's conceptual system. Her theoretical formulation of families, children, chronic conditions, and health outcomes has been tested with youth with diabetes, asthma, and HIV/AIDS. Her focus is on understanding interactions that influence behavior and the relationship between behavioral change and improved health status. Dr. Frey is a strong advocate for the utility of King's conceptual system outside of nursing and currently works with a multidisciplinary team. She has implemented theory-based research in both academic and service settings.