Child Health Psychology

Child Health Psychology

Child Health Psychology

Child Health Psychology

Synopsis

This unique text offers an interdisciplinary collection of the most current articles concerning the scientific study of Child Health Psychology. The subjects of many articles are applicable to pediatrics, family medicine, child nursing, developmental, clinical child, and pediatric psychology. Emphasizing the scientific basis of the field, this empirical research is invaluable to the specialist, teacher, or student seeking the most contemporary research methods used to study psychological aspects of children's health care.

Excerpt

The past decade has seen increasing involvement of psychologists in many aspects of health and medical care. This has been especially true in the converging areas of developmental, clinical child, and pediatric psychology. To draw attention to the convergence of these areas in the study of behaviorhealth relationships, Health Psychology, which is the official journal of the Division of Health Psychology of the American Psychological Association, decided to devote an entire issue to Child Health Psychology.

In the spring of 1985, announcements in Health Psychology solicited manuscripts for the special issue. Announcement of the competition also appeared in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology. These announcements indicated that the articles published would be primarily empirical, subject to peer review, and elicited by open competition. Of 51 manuscripts received, 9 were selected for inclusion in the special issue. More good manuscripts were received, however, than could be accommodated. Therefore several manuscripts submitted for the competition, which met journal standards but could not be accommodated in the special issue, were published in other 1986 issues of Health Psychology. These appeared along with other child health articles that were accepted through the usual review process. In all, 18 articles dealing with child health psychology appeared in Health Psychology during 1986.

The decision to publish all 18 articles together in a single book was based on several considerations. First, the articles were of unusually high quality. Second, they uniquely crossed the boundaries of clinical child, developmental, and pediatric psychology in terms of health concerns. Third, because this collection of articles crosses traditional boundaries, we felt that making these papers accessible in a single book would facilitate access to . . .

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