Review: some psychosocial interventions can help children and families cope with chronic conditions
To evaluate the effectiveness of psychosocial interventions for children with chronic health conditions.
English language studies published in peer reviewed journals were identified by searching Medline and PsycINFO from 1979–93. Additional studies were identified by scanning the bibliographies of retrieved articles and by contacting experts.
Studies were selected if the intervention targeted children with a chronic health condition or their family members; a planned psychosocial intervention designed to achieve psychosocial benefits was evaluated; psychological or social outcomes were examined; ≥15 participants were included in the experimental group; and the study included a random control group, a matched comparison group, or a …