Psychologically Based Treatments for Children with Medical Problems

Laura B. Allen, Jennie C. I. Tsao, Caryn Freeman and Lonnie K. Zeltzer

in The Oxford Handbook of School Psychology

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780195369809
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Psychologically Based Treatments for Children with Medical Problems

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This chapter describes and reviews the evidence for a range of psychological treatments to assist children with medical problems. The interventions discussed in this chapter are designed to address the distress associated with a range of medical problems in children by reducing stress and anxiety, improving patients’ abilities to cope with their illness, and by encouraging developmentally appropriate behaviors to promote social, academic and family functioning. The focus of this chapter is on the treatment of chronic, nonmalignant pain, since this condition involves the complex interaction of biological, psychological and social aspects and is thus well suited to psychosocial intervention. This biopsychosocial model is at the core of psychological interventions for chronic medical problems in children which aim to promote active, adaptive coping with symptoms and illness-related disability.

Keywords: psychological treatments; medical problems; children and adolescents; school psychology

Article.  11140 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Educational Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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