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Child: Care, Health and Development

A Amer, A Kakooza-Mwesige, G Jarl, J K Tumwine, H Forssberg, A-C Eliasson, L Hermansson
BACKGROUND: The Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory (PEDI) has been recommended as a gold standard in paediatric rehabilitation. A Ugandan version of PEDI (PEDI-UG) has been developed by culturally adapting and translating the original PEDI. The aim of this study was to investigate the psychometric properties of the PEDI-UG in Ugandan children by testing the instrument's rating scale functioning, internal structure, and test-retest reliability. METHODS: Two hundred forty-nine Ugandan children (125 girls) aged 6 months to 7...
March 13, 2018: Child: Care, Health and Development
A Kakooza-Mwesige, J K Tumwine, H Forssberg, A-C Eliasson
BACKGROUND: The Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory (PEDI) was developed and standardized to measure functional performance in American children. So far, no published study has examined the use of the PEDI in sub-Saharan Africa. This study describes the adaptation, translation, and validation process undertaken to develop a culturally relevant PEDI for Uganda (PEDI-UG). METHOD: The cross-cultural adaptation and translation of the PEDI was performed in a series of steps...
March 12, 2018: Child: Care, Health and Development
M Mirza, A Krischer, M Stolley, S Magaña, M Martin
BACKGROUND: A large number of U.S. children are identified as having special health care needs (CSHCN). Despite parents' central role in managing their child's needs, many parents report difficulties in navigating service systems, finding information about their child's condition, and accessing health care and community resources. Therefore, there is a need for interventions that "activate" parents of children with special health care needs to increase their knowledge, skills, and confidence in managing, coordinating, and advocating for their child's needs...
February 27, 2018: Child: Care, Health and Development
A N Williams, B Mold, L Kilbey, P Naganna
AIMS: To explore 40 years of Child Development Centre (CDC) activity and outcomes at Northampton General Hospital 1974-2014. METHODS: The study comprises 3 data sets: a published report from 1974 to 1999, an internal audit from 2001 to 2004, and more recent data collected from 2005 to 2014. The medical notes of all children who were assessed by the CDC in 2014 were reviewed, along with referral data collected by the CDC manager from this year and the preceding 10 years...
February 20, 2018: Child: Care, Health and Development
J Homel, B Edwards
BACKGROUND: Many children in developed countries do not receive recommended vaccines on time. However, knowledge about factors related to timeliness remains limited. Quantifying the relative impact of parental attitudes compared with socio-demographic factors for delayed immunization would inform policy responses. METHODS: Participants in the nationally representative Longitudinal Study of Australian Children were matched with their vaccination histories in the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (N = 4,121)...
February 20, 2018: Child: Care, Health and Development
G J Melendez-Torres, T Tancred, A Fletcher, J Thomas, R Campbell, C Bonell
BACKGROUND: Prevention of substance (alcohol, tobacco, illegal/legal drug) use in adolescents is a public health priority. As the scope for school-based health education is constrained in school timetables, interventions integrating academic and health education have gained traction in the UK and elsewhere, though evidence for their effectiveness remains unclear. We sought to synthesize the effectiveness of interventions integrating academic and health education for the prevention of substance use...
February 15, 2018: Child: Care, Health and Development
N Morrison-Levy, J Knight-Madden, T Royal-Thomas, L King, M Asnani
BACKGROUND: Increasing knowledge and understanding of disease is known to improve outcomes in persons living with a chronic illness. In this paper, we aim to compare the disease knowledge of children with sickle cell disease (SCD), age 6-10 years, who received an intervention (an educational colouring book on SCD) geared towards improving disease knowledge, to those who did not received the colouring book. METHODS: A quasi-experimental study was conducted where disease knowledge was determined in 56 children who had received the colouring book and compared to 60 children who did not receive this intervention...
February 12, 2018: Child: Care, Health and Development
K-M Gilson, E Davis, S Johnson, J Gains, D Reddihough, K Williams
BACKGROUND: Mothers of children with a disability are at increased risk of poor mental health compared with mothers of typically developing children. The aim of the study was to describe the mental health care needs and preferences for support of mothers of children and young people aged 0-25 years with a disability. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was used, using an online survey with 294 mothers of children with a disability. Questions were asked about mental health, perceived need for support, barriers to accessing mental health care, and preferences for support...
February 12, 2018: Child: Care, Health and Development
V P Lopes, R M Malina, J A R Maia, L P Rodrigues
BACKGROUND: Given the concern for health-related consequences of an elevated body mass index (BMI; obesity), the potential consequences of a low BMI in children are often overlooked. The purpose was to evaluate the relationship between the BMI across its entire spectrum and motor coordination (MC) in children 6-10 years. METHODS: Height, weight, and MC (Körperkoordinationstest für Kinder, KTK test battery) were measured in 1,912 boys and 1,826 girls of 6-10 years of age...
February 8, 2018: Child: Care, Health and Development
J Harvey, E S Pearson, P Sanzo, A E Lennon
BACKGROUND: Research indicates that 91% of Canadian children are not engaging in enough physical activity (PA) to achieve health benefits. Physical education (PE) classes have been identified as a way to improve child health by facilitating engagement in movement-based activities. The daily physical activity (DPA) initiative was created with similar intentions and requires that students participate in at least 20 min of PA daily via PE classes and/or during instructional time for other subjects...
February 5, 2018: Child: Care, Health and Development
W W Y Tso, V C N Wong, X Xia, B Faragher, M Li, X Xu, L Ao, X Zhang, F-Y Jiao, K Du, X Shang, P T Y Wong, D Challis
BACKGROUND: The Griffiths Mental Development Scales (GMDS) are used in many countries to assess the development of children from birth to 8 years. There is a need for accurate and culturally appropriate developmental assessment tools for Chinese children. Here, we adapted the GMDS for use in Chinese children and compare the developmental trajectories between Chinese and British children. METHODS: Children with typical development were recruited from 7 urban cities in China between 2009 and 2013...
February 1, 2018: Child: Care, Health and Development
N D Emerson, H E R Morrell, N Mahtani, L Sanderson, C Neece, K C Boyd, B Distelberg
BACKGROUND: Tracking self-efficacy may be useful for identifying children at risk for medical noncompliance. We created the Pediatric Rating of Chronic Illness Self-Efficacy (PRCISE) to measure self-efficacy in youth dealing with a chronic illness. METHOD: Data were collected from 217 families where one child aged 7-20 (Mage  = 13.62, SDage  = 2.92; 62.7% Latino, 58.1% female) had a chronic illness. Parent participants provided demographic information. Youth completed a depression measure, the Patient Health Questionnaire for Adolescents and the PRCISE...
February 1, 2018: Child: Care, Health and Development
S J Mlinda, G H Leyna, A Massawe
BACKGROUND: Feeding children with cerebral palsy (CP) is challenging and can lead to poor health outcomes. Using a facility-based intervention, we assessed the effect of a practical nutrition programme on feeding skills in caregivers of children with CP attending a pediatric clinic in urban Tanzania. METHODS: A randomized-controlled intervention study, involving 2-block stratified sample of under-5 CP children attending a specialized pediatric clinic at the Muhimbili National Hospital was done...
January 30, 2018: Child: Care, Health and Development
F Solanke, A Colver, H McConachie
BACKGROUND: The transition from child to adult health care is a particular challenge for young people with cerebral palsy, who have a range of needs. The measurement of reported needs, and in particular unmet needs, is one means to assess the effectiveness of services. METHODS: We recruited 106 young people with cerebral palsy, before transfer from child services, along with their parents to a 3-year longitudinal study. Reported needs were measured with an 11-item questionnaire covering speech, mobility, positioning, equipment, pain, epilepsy, weight, control of movement, bone or joint problems, curvature of the back, and eyesight...
January 28, 2018: Child: Care, Health and Development
P A Latorre-Román, D Mora-López, F García-Pinillos
AIM: The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a 10-week aerobic games programme on physical fitness. METHODS: One hundred eleven children, aged 3 to 6 years, participated in this study; 60 children were male (age: 4.28 ± 0.61 years old), and 51 were female (age 4.59 ± 0.49 years old). Participants were randomly assigned to an experimental group (EG; n = 56) and a control group (CG; n = 55). A fitness test battery previously validated for preschoolers was used...
January 24, 2018: Child: Care, Health and Development
A Kavanagh, N Priest, E Emerson, A Milner, T King
BACKGROUND: This study sought to compare the prevalence of bullying victimization between adolescents with and without a disability and between adolescents with and without borderline intellectual functioning or intellectual disability (BIF/ID). We also sought to assess whether the relationships between either disability or BIF/ID and bullying victimization vary by gender and parental education. METHODS: The sample included 3,956 12- to 13-year-old adolescents who participated in Wave 5 of the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children...
January 16, 2018: Child: Care, Health and Development
A M Kish, P A Newcombe, D M Haslam
BACKGROUND: Advances in medical knowledge have contributed to the increase in the number of children living with some form of long-term chronic illness or condition. As a consequence of these advancements, treatments that are more accessible and easier to administer, usually within a child's home, have been developed. However, this may mean that parents take on greater treatment responsibility and require extra time and energy to meet these tasks, additional to other responsibilities...
January 16, 2018: Child: Care, Health and Development
B Schaible, G Colquitt, M C Caciula, A Carnes, L Li, N Moreau
BACKGROUND: Families and caregivers of children with special healthcare needs (CSHCN) often experience financial difficulties, have unmet physical and mental health needs, and are at increased risk of marital problems due to the stress caused by carrying for their child. Within the larger population of CHSCN, young people with cerebral palsy (CP) have more unmet needs due to the complexity and potential severity of the disability. The purpose of this study was to identify factors associated with differences in insurance coverage and impact on the family of children with CP and other CHSCN...
January 12, 2018: Child: Care, Health and Development
J M Kramer, I T Hwang, M Levin, D Acevedo-García, L Rosenfeld
BACKGROUND: Parents of very young children recently diagnosed with developmental disabilities (DD) need to identify environmental barriers to their children's participation and adopt an adaptive orientation to solving these problems. Given the health service disparities for diverse families, parents may benefit from easy to use problem-identification approaches that address environmental barriers stemming from community and policy contexts. This feasibility study evaluated the usability of a health literacy-informed, structured, environment-focused problem-identification approach for parents of young children with DD...
March 2018: Child: Care, Health and Development
N Z Khan, R Sultana, F Ahmed, A B Shilpi, N Sultana, G L Darmstadt
BACKGROUND: Child Development Centres (CDCs) have been established within government medical college tertiary hospitals across Bangladesh. Services entail a parent-professional partnership in a child and family friendly environment with a focus on assessment, diagnosis, and management of a range of neurodevelopmental disorders in children and adolescents 0-16 years of age. Services are provided by a multidisciplinary team of professionals (child health physician, child psychologist, and developmental therapist) who emphasize quality of services over the numbers of children seen...
January 2018: Child: Care, Health and Development
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