Family Issues in Pediatric Psychology

Family Issues in Pediatric Psychology

Family Issues in Pediatric Psychology

Family Issues in Pediatric Psychology

Synopsis

Over a relatively brief period of time pediatric psychology as an organized field has evolved and expanded as a science and in clinical practice. Reflecting a newer focus on family roles in health and illness, the present volume is relevant to a variety of fields because family issues and pediatric medicine inherently interact with numerous disciplines and approaches.

This volume fills the need for a resource indicating research advancements that links pediatric psychology and pediatrics with family issues. The articles -- selected from special issues of Pediatric Psychology -- cover such topics as chronic illnesses and handicapping conditions, failure to thrive, spina bifida, recurrent abdominal pain, and health promotion. These pediatric conditions are considered in terms of concomitant psychosocial effects on parents and siblings, family resources and environment, adjustment and maladjustment, interventions and programming utilizing and assisting families.

Excerpt

In 1989, pediatric psychology as an organized field recognized its 21st birthday and "coming of age" through the Society of Pediatric Psychology (Section V of the Division of Clinical Psychology, American Psychological Association). in its relatively brief period of existence, the field has evolved and expanded as a science and in clinical practice. One notable aspect of pediatric psychology's development has been the recognition of broader elements encompassing the field over time and correspondingly, inclusion of these elements in scientific study and practical interventions. Such elements have included, for example, integration of illness and health issues, consideration of both physical and mental health development, focus on prevention as well as remediation, and new attention to family roles in health and illness. This latter aspect became the theme of a special issue of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology to reflect the increased attention to family issues and to catalyst the field to even more work. the 14 special theme articles from two journal issues are published herein with an overview chapter as a single source for access to work at the "cutting edge" of pediatric psychology. They are relevant to a variety of fields and interests because family issues and pediatric medicine from psychosocial viewpoints inherently interact with numerous disciplines and approaches.

We want to recognize the authors who contributed their work for publication in the journal and here as well as the numerous editorial board members and ad hoc consultants who provided extensive reviews in selecting these articles. We also appreciate the enormous contributions of Lawrence Erlbaum Associations in publishing this volume and acknowledge the cooperation of Plenum Publishing Corporation, the journal's publisher.

The publication of this book is sponsored by the Society of Pediatric Psychology through its publication of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology. As with other of the society publications, such sponsorship recognizes the scholarly significance of the material presented in the volume and the . . .

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