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    Psychological and Physiological Health Benefits of a Structured Forest Therapy Program for Children and Adolescents with Mental Health Disorders

    Namyun Kil1,*, Jin Gun Kim2, Emily Thornton1, Amy Jeranek3

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.25, No.10, pp. 1117-1125, 2023, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2023.022981


    Mental health conditions in children and adolescents can be improved by slow mindful nature connection known as forest therapy or bathing. Forest therapy has recently received growing attention as an enabler of relaxation and preventive health care with demonstrated clinical efficacy. However, it is not well-known that forest therapy also decreases mental health issues among individuals with mental health disorders. This study explored the psychological and physiological health benefits of structured forest therapy programs for children and adolescents with mental health disorders. A one-group pre-test-posttest design was employed for our study participants. Twelve participants (aged 9–14 years) engaged in two… More >

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    Examination of the Illness Representations among Children with T1DM in Relation to Mental Health Factors

    Brigitta Munkácsi1,*, Enikő Felszeghy1, Flóra Kenyhercz2, Beáta Erika Nagy1

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.25, No.8, pp. 961-969, 2023, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2023.027319

    Abstract The most common comorbid psychiatric disorders in children with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) are depression, anxiety and behavioral disorders. Patients with comorbid psychopathology are less capable of psychically adjusting to the new life situation resulting from T1DM, which may negatively affect glycemic control and adherence related to the treatment. We aimed to investigate the association between mental health and type 1 diabetes including illness representation. 115 children and adolescents with T1DM were recruited through the outpatient clinic in Debrecen, Hungary. Measures: PRISM-D, Child Depression Inventory (CDI), Cantril Ladder and Self-Rated Health, Glycosylaeted haemoglobin (HbA1C) were measured. Children having depressive… More > Graphic Abstract

    Examination of the Illness Representations among Children with T1DM in Relation to Mental Health Factors

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    The Kazdin Method for Developing and Changing Behavior of Children and Adolescents

    Alan E. Kazdin*

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.23, No.4, pp. 429-442, 2021, DOI:10.32604/IJMHP.2021.019135

    Abstract The Kazdin Method™ is a version of parent management training in which parents are trained to alter the behaviors of their children. The method draws on the principles and techniques of applied behavior analysis. The techniques focus on antecedents (what comes before the behavior), behavior (crafting the precise behaviors one wishes to develop), and consequences (usually praise to increase the likelihood that the desired behaviors will be performed again). The key focus is repeated practice in changing parent and child behaviors. The article traces the evolution of my use of parent training to treat severe aggressive and antisocial behavior among… More >

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    Health-Related Quality of Life, Emotional and Behavioral Problems in Children and Adolescents with Ebstein Anomaly

    Lianne M. Geerdink1,2,*, Malindi van der Mheen3,4, Gideon J. du Marchie Sarvaas5, Irene M. Kuipers6, Stefan Frerich7, Henriëtte ter Heide2, Willem A. Helbing8, Zina Feijzic1, Christian Schroer9, Chris L. de Korte10, Livia Kapusta1,11, Chris M. Verhaak12, Elisabeth M. W. J. Utens3,4

    Congenital Heart Disease, Vol.15, No.6, pp. 457-472, 2020, DOI:10.32604/CHD.2020.012994

    Abstract Background: Due to the improved survival rates of children and adolescents with congenital heart disease (CHD), more attention is now being directed towards their health-related quality of life (HRQoL), emotional and behavioral problems. Ebstein anomaly (EA) is a rare CHD with a broad clinical spectrum. The aim of the current study is to evaluate self- and proxy-reported HRQoL and emotional and behavioral problems in children and adolescents with EA. Methods: In this cross-sectional, multicenter study, we included EA patients (aged 8–17 years), who underwent routine clinical assessments in Dutch university hospitals between May 2017 and March 2019. The Generic Pediatric… More >

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    Chronotropic Response and Pulmonary Function are Associated with Exercise Performance in Children and Adolescents with Repaired Tetralogy of Fallot Independent of Cardiac Function

    Shivani M. Bhatt1,*, Michael L. O’Byrne2, Michael McBride2, Stephen M. Paridon2, Elizabeth Goldmuntz2, Laura Mercer-Rosa2

    Congenital Heart Disease, Vol.15, No.2, pp. 101-115, 2020, DOI:10.32604/CHD.2020.011287

    Abstract Objective: The determinants of exercise capacity in repaired tetralogy of Fallot (rTOF) are multifactorial and remain incompletely understood. This study sought to evaluate the association of chronotropic response with exercise parameters and investigate the determinants of heart rate reserve (HRR) in a cohort of children and adolescents with rTOF. Design: We retrospectively analyzed patients with rTOF, age 8–18 years, who underwent cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) and cardiopulmonary exercise test (CPET) for research purposes. Linear regression models were performed to test associations among clinical, CMR and CPET parameters. Outcomes included percent-predicted maximum VO2 (%mVO2) and HRR. Results: A total of 148… More >

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    Functional limitations and educational needs among children and adolescents with heart disease

    Sherry L. Farr1, Karrie F. Downing1,2, Tiffany Riehle-Colarusso1, Ginnie Abarbanell1,3

    Congenital Heart Disease, Vol.13, No.4, pp. 633-639, 2018, DOI:10.1111/chd.12621

    Abstract Objective: To examine how cognitive and motor limitations in children with heart disease are associated with education and participation in extracurricular activities.
    Design: Using 2009–2010 parent-reported data from the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (NS-CSHCN), we examined prevalence of five functional limitations (learning/ concentration, communication, self-care, gross motor skills, and fine motor skills) by diagnosed heart disease status using chi-square tests and multivariable logistic regression. Among CSHCN with heart disease, we examined the associations between severity of each functional limitation and missing ≥11 days of school in the past year, receiving special education services, and interference… More >

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