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

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

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

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

Synopsis

Behavioral medicine has now matured as a field to the point where all recognize that different populations present 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.

Excerpt

The emphasis on collaborative management of children's health has led to the involvement of multiple disciplines in pediatric health care. This shift has resulted in an increasing focus on the assessment of children's functioning across multiple domains. The Task Force on Pediatric Education (1978) noted several decades ago that the types of children's health problems that are reported in pediatric settings include developmental, behavioral, psychological, and educational difficulties, as well as those related to their physical health. While attention to assessment issues in behavioral pediatrics has historically lagged behind that given to intervention and treatment, the field has reached a point in its maturity where numerous measures are available for the assessment of infants, children, and adolescents.

The goal of this volume is to provide a single source reference to key screening instruments for clinicians and researchers who work with pediatric populations. Practitioners with a variety of backgrounds, including physicians, social workers, nurses, and psychologists, are increasingly using standardized measures and should find this book useful in selecting an appropriate screening tool. The volume is also intended to serve as a comprehensive guide for study instrumentation for researchers. Although other overviews of assessment measures are available, they tend to be more circumscribed in nature (i.e., overviews of family assessment measures) and do not cover the full range of areas that child health care professionals may need to assess.

The areas targeted by this volume were chosen to cover the range of assessment issues faced by child health clinicians and researchers, including health status and quality of life, adherence to medical regimen, pain, development, behavior, children's coping and cognitions, family functioning, and consumer satisfaction. Each chapter begins with an expert overview of the theoretical construct being measured, and any special concerns. Following the overview, key measures are reviewed.

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