Emotion, Cognition, Health, and Development in Children and Adolescents

Emotion, Cognition, Health, and Development in Children and Adolescents

Emotion, Cognition, Health, and Development in Children and Adolescents

Emotion, Cognition, Health, and Development in Children and Adolescents


This book focuses on integrating health and developmental issues in children and adolescents. Its primary objective is to demonstrate how development of emotions and cognition are involved in promoting health, preventing disease, and altering disease processes. A related objective is to show how disease processes may alter the course of development. These objectives are accomplished through the efforts of chapter authors who illustrate that developmental theories are useful in guiding research and producing findings that explain how health and development are reciprocally intertwined.

This volume differs from others in terms of its developmental theoretical perspectives and related findings. Most previous work on integrating health and behavior has shown relationships between the two, but has not been designed to explain the processes that link these two phenomena. The theoretical perspectives on which the current chapters are based show how emotional and cognitive developmental processes may alter health and disease outcomes. The entire volume is further strengthened because the theories and findings are based on multidisciplinary perspectives, making the volume of interest to a broad array of disciplines.


The scientific study of health and behavior has been integrated over the past two decades to form entirely new interdisciplinary areas of inquiry. These new disciplines focus on health, illness, and behavior as processes reciprocally influencing each other. The existing literature emphasizes these processes primarily in adults rather than in children and adolescents, and the research tends not to address the issue of change across the life span. Consequently, developmental considerations have been underemphasized in theoretical and research perspectives. This volume attempts to fill that gap by including chapters that focus on emotion, cognition, and health as important developmental processes in a new scientific frontier, behavioral health in children and adolescents.

A developmental perspective in behavioral health is important because biological and behavioral processes unique to each developmental period have farreaching implications for health promotion, disease prevention, and disease recovery in childhood and adolescence. Promotion of health during childhood and adolescence is important because it is during these early critical periods that major organ systems develop and learning of health-related behaviors, attitudes, values, and perceptions takes place. The development of a healthy lifestyle during childhood and adolescence will cast the mold for a similar lifestyle throughout the life span. Prevention of disease and rapid recovery from illness at all phases of the life span are byproducts of a healthy lifestyle in the early years.

This book is an outgrowth of a conference on emotion and cognition as antecedents and consequences of health and disease processes in children and adolescents. The theoretical rationale for the conference was based on the assumption . . .

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