Cognitive Aspects of Chronic Illness in Children

Cognitive Aspects of Chronic Illness in Children

by Ronald T. Brown
     
 
As medical science has become increasingly refined and effective, greater numbers of children and adolescents are surviving diseases that previously carried a more guarded prognosis. Yet chronically ill young people face a multitude of adjustment challenges, including academic difficulties and peer and family issues. Filling a crucial void in pediatric psychology,

Overview

As medical science has become increasingly refined and effective, greater numbers of children and adolescents are surviving diseases that previously carried a more guarded prognosis. Yet chronically ill young people face a multitude of adjustment challenges, including academic difficulties and peer and family issues. Filling a crucial void in pediatric psychology, this volume assembles the latest knowledge about the impact of major diseases on learning and behavior, examines cognitive toxicities associated with current pharmacotherapies and medical procedures, and presents strategies for successfully reintegrating chronically ill students into the classroom. Highlighting important new developments in assessment and intervention, the volume emphasizes the need for team-based collaboration and training across hospital, outpatient, and classroom settings.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Edited by a leader in the field of pediatric psychology, this well-organized, lucid work is a valuable resource for anyone who works with children with chronic illness and their families. The volume's primary focus is unique, and the expert contributors provide well-reasoned, scholarly, and articulate coverage of research and clinical topics. This will be a very welcome addition to the libraries of psychologists, pediatricians, and other health care professionals, as well as students." —Dennis Drotar, PhD, Director, Division of Behavioral Pediatrics and Psychology, Department of Pediatrics, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio

"Detailing how chronic illness conditions reciprocally interact with children's cognitive functioning—broadly defined, how illness influences emotions, social relations, adaptation, and mental abilities—this valuable work incorporates knowledge from a variety of disciplines. The book enriches the pediatric psychology literature by articulating the relationship of research and practice in this important area. Chapters on such topics as leukemia, asthma, sickle cell disease, and diabetes clearly model the interrelated aspects of empirical and clinical work." —Michael C. Roberts, PhD, ABPP, Professor and Director, Clinical Child Psychology Program, Human Development Center, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

"This volume provides a much-needed resource not only for pediatric and developmental psychologists, but also for students and practitioners of various other specialities who care for children with chronic health conditions. Chapters thoughtfully address the interface among medical conditions, their treatments, and the cognitive processes that influence and are influenced by these factors. Particularly impressive is the sophistication with which the authors have melded their discussions of the cognitive aspects and the pathophysiological processes involved in the particular conditions they discuss." —Ellen C. Perrin, MD, Department of Pediatrics, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester, MA

Disability Studies Quarterly
"A helpful and useful baseline of information for specialists."—Disability Studies Quarterly
Journal of Pediatric Nursing
"Primary care practitioners, including pediatric nurse practitioners, may find this book a valuable resource in their work with chronically ill children."—Journal of Pediatric Nursing
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: John M. Neff, MD (University of Washington School of Medicine)
Description: This book provides otherwise difficult to find and current information on the cognitive and learning dysfunctions that are associated in general and specifically with chronic illness. There are multiple contributors who provide a wide range of well-referenced information.
Purpose: The purpose is to compile an easy to access yet wide range of information on the cognitive disorders and learning dysfunctions associated with chronic illness.
Audience: The target audience is pediatric primary care practitioners and specialists who care for a significant number of children who have chronic illness representing many different conditions. Families of these children will also find it useful.
Features: This book is organized into three comprehensive sections. The first includes basics such as the prevalence and identification of cases, testing, and frequently used measures of cognitive function and their value. The second section deals with specific, often encountered chronic illnesses. The third is organized around issues that relate to all chronic illnesses such as school, family, and the effect on learning of specific pharmacological and iatrogenic measures. The organization of the book provides easy access to information. The contributing authors are all experts in their fields.
Assessment: This is an excellent, much needed book that not only draws attention to an important therapeutic and knowledge gap in the care of children with chronic illness, but also provides well-referenced information in an easy to obtain fashion. It is easy to read and can serve as an excellent resource. This is a book that should be in every clinic that serves a significant number of children with chronic problems, and it can serve as a reference for some parents as well.
3 Stars from Doody
John M. Neff
This book provides otherwise difficult to find and current information on the cognitive and learning dysfunctions that are associated in general and specifically with chronic illness. There are multiple contributors who provide a wide range of well-referenced information. The purpose is to compile an easy to access yet wide range of information on the cognitive disorders and learning dysfunctions associated with chronic illness. The target audience is pediatric primary care practitioners and specialists who care for a significant number of children who have chronic illness representing many different conditions. Families of these children will also find it useful. This book is organized into three comprehensive sections. The first includes basics such as the prevalence and identification of cases, testing, and frequently used measures of cognitive function and their value. The second section deals with specific, often encountered chronic illnesses. The third is organized around issues that relate to all chronic illnesses such as school, family, and the effect on learning of specific pharmacological and iatrogenic measures. The organization of the book provides easy access to information. The contributing authors are all experts in their fields. This is an excellent, much needed book that not only draws attention to an important therapeutic and knowledge gap in the care of children with chronic illness, but also provides well-referenced information in an easy to obtain fashion. It is easy to read and can serve as an excellent resource. This is a book that should be in every clinic that serves a significant number of children with chronic problems, and it can serve as a referencefor some parents as well.
Booknews
Intended for clinical child, pediatric, and school psychologists, child psychiatrists, and pediatricians, as well as students in the above disciplines, this volume provides current information on the impact of major diseases on learning and behavior, examines cognitive toxicities associated with current pharmacotherapies and medical procedures, and presents strategies for reintegrating chronically ill students into the classroom. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781572304680
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
07/01/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
420
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.13(d)

Meet the Author

Ronald T. Brown, PhD, ABPP, is Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Program Development in the Department of Pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina. He also is President-Elect of Section 54 of the American Psychological Association, the Division of the Society of Pediatric Psychology, and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society. He serves on the editorial boards of major journals including the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, the Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, and School Psychology Review. Dr. Brown has been the recipient of numerous grant awards from the National Institutes of Health. His previous publications include Medications for School-Age Children: Effects on Learning and Behavior (Guilford Press, 1998), coauthored with Michael G. Sawyer.

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