International Journal of Child and Adolescent Health

Articles from Vol. 8, No. 3, 2015

A Birthday Tribute to the Pediatrician, Professor Donald E Greydanus: Doch Dyn Plicht!
IntroductionDonald E. Greydanus was born in Paterson, New Jersey, United States from Dutch and Scotch ancestry. The Greydanus family name can be traced to the early 17th century in Friesland, the Netherlands. The past four centuries has produced a number...
An Instrument for Analyzing the Concepts of Work, Studying, and Leisure Time of Adolescents
IntroductionThe phenomena of globalization and rapid technological advances have led both researchers and workers to realize that the concept of job stability now pertains to the past, and that different forms of employment such as time-limited contracts...
Associations of Cigarette Smoking and Close Friendship with Sexual Intercourse among School-Going Adolescents in Mauritania
IntroductionIssues of reproductive health and sexuality are very important fundamental aspects of our day to day living (1) and yet not much has been documented on the prevalence and correlates of sexual behaviour among adolescents (2, 3). There are...
Elements of Culture and Tradition That Shape the Perceptions and Expectations of Somali Refugee Mothers about Autism
IntroductionIn recent years, research has found that children from non-English speaking families are more likely to receive a late diagnosis than children from English speaking families. With the increased number of diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder...
Factors Influencing Parental Decision Making for the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine: A Literature Review
IntroductionThe human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) worldwide, with about 75% of Canadians developing at least one HPV infection in their lifetime (1, 2). A greater risk of exposure are attributed towards...
Glucocorticoid-Responsive Hypertension in Early Childhood Followed Up for Five Years: A Case of 11-Beta-Hydroxylase Deficiency
IntroductionHypertension is one of the cardinal features of 11-beta hydroxylase deficiency (11-beta OHD) (1, 2).The hypertension is believed to be due to elevated levels of deoxycorticosterone (DOC), a steroid with 3 to 5 percent of the activity of aldosterone's...
Media Exposure in Primary School Pupils in South Western Nigeria: A Weight Concern?
IntroductionThe changing face of media has increased the length of time children spend before the screen. Research suggests that children may be spending more time watching television than they spend in school (1). Despite the advantages of media/television...
Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy: A Form of Child Abuse
IntroductionMunchausen syndrome by proxy (MSBP), a common form of child abuse, involves fabrication of illness by the caretaker on the child by subjecting them to immense levels of trauma, both physically and emotionally (1). The syndrome is characterized...
Parental Influence on the Cardiovascular Health and Body Composition of Homeschool Children
IntroductionCardiovascular health and the weight status of children have received a lot of attention in recent years. This is partly due to the increased rates of obesity and metabolic syndrome in youth (1). With an estimated one in three children being...
Postpartum Education and Support on Breastfeeding Duration
IntroductionThe promotion of breastfeeding is due to the nutritional and immunologic benefits of human milk for the infant as well as the physiological and social benefits of lactation for the mother. Breastfeeding has been recognized as the preferred...
Quality of Life of Parents of Children with Asthma
IntroductionAn increased prevalence of asthma in children has been reported (1). The course of asthma depends not only on treatment, but also on the actions taken by the parents of a sick child (2, 3). Caring for a patient with asthma requires a lot...
Young Women's Perception of Body Shape/weight and Health: A Measurement Problem
IntroductionCulturally, body shape has been associated with health, social status and wealth, and vice versa, promoting a socially idealised body shape/weight for women to aspire to (1). Ideal body shape/weight has varied over the centuries depending...
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