Health And Behavior In Childhood And Adolescence

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The key to preventing many adult diseases lies in childhood, when lifetime patterns of diet, exercise, and moderation are most often set. Authored by an interdisciplinary team including nurses, psychologists, nutritionists, and researchers, this book provides a research-based examination of the interplay between health and behavior in childhood and adolescence leading to either positive or negative health outcomes. It examines issues such as: What role does temperament play in at-risk behavior? How can we improve dietary choices? How can we reduce the cycle of physical inactivity leading to obesity? What makes some children more prone to substance abuse? This book provides a long-range perspective on health promotion, by examining its roots in the early years of life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826138521
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura L. Hayman, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a Professor in the Division of Nursing, The Steinhardt School of Education, New York University and Adjunct Professor, Integrative and Behavioral Cardiovascular Health Program, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York. Dr. Hayman received her MSN in Nursing of Children and PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development from the University of Pennsylvania. She was a member of the University of Pennsylvania faculty (in Nursing and later Medicine) for nearly 20 years, and served as Chair of the Nursing of Children Division. Following this, she was the Carl W. and Margaret Davis Walter Professor of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. Her research focuses on primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and includes a twelve-year study of genetic and environmental determinants of risk factors for CVD in twins as they advance through childhood and adolescence. Dr. Hayman is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, the American Heart Association, and the Society of Behavioral Medicine. She has co-edited five previous books and has served on numerous expert panels and editorial boards, including (currently) American Journal of Health Behavior, MCN: The Journal of Maternal-Child Nursing, and Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

Margaret M. Mahon, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Clinical Nurse Specialist, End-of-Life Care, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Mahon's major research has focused on children's concepts of death, bereaved siblings, and bereaved parents' experiences and responses. Her clinical experience with children and families include advanced practice nursing roles in pediatric trauma, intensive care, and chronic illness. Dr. Mahon has worked with bereaved children and families in hospital, hospice, home, school, and other community settings. She hosts the "Kid's Corner" radio program designed to provide parents, teachers, and children with information and counsel on issues in child and family health care. Dr. Mahon is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

J. Rick Turner, PhD, is an experimental psychologist who has spent 15 years conducting research in the field of Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine. His research has focused on the effects of stress on the cardiovascular system, and the possible role of stress-induced responses in the development of cardiovascular disease. He has published 50 scientific papers describing his collaborative research, two textbooks, and two previous edited volumes. His authored text entitled Cardiovascular Reactivity and Stress: Patterns of Physiological Response (New York: 1994) introduced the research methodology and findings of cardiovascular reactivity research to undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Turner has received research awards from the Society for Psychophysiological Research and the American Psychosomatic society. He is Founding Editor of the Sage Publications Series in Behavioral Medicine and Health Psychology, and a Fellow of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he works as a Medical Editor in the Pharmaceutical industry.

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Table of Contents

  1. Introduction, L. Hayman, M.M. Mahon, J.R. Turner
    Part I: Understanding Behavior and Health in Childhood and Adolescence
  2. Temperament Dimensions and Health Behavior: A Developmental Model, T.A. Wills, S.D. Cleary, O. Shinar, and M. Filer
  3. Social Support, the Self System, and Adolescent Health and Health Behaviors, N.J. Pender and K.F. Stein

  4. Part 2: Health Promoting Behaviors
  5. Improving Diet and Nutrition in Children and Adolescents, A.M. Tershakovec and L. Van Horn
  6. The Importance of Physical Activity in Childhood and Adolescence, H. CG Kemper

  7. Part 3: Preventable Conditions and the Impact of Behavior
  8. Unintentional Injuries in Childhood and Adolescence, K. Alexander and M.C. Roberts
  9. Substance Abuse, O.G. Bukstein
  10. Obesity: Nongenetic Influences in Childhood and Adolescence, L.L. Hayman
  11. Reducing Sexually-Transmitted Diseases among African-American Youth, L.S. Jemmott, J.B. Jemmott, and E. Brown

  12. Part 4: Conclusion
  13. Social and Health Policy: Influences on Child and Adolescent Health, A.M. Villarruel , J. Moore, and J. Sochalski
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