Play and Playthings

Publication Title: 
Anesthesia and Analgesia

BACKGROUND: Reducing waiting anxiety is an important objective of patient-centered care. Anxiety is linked to negative health outcomes, including longer recovery periods, lowered pain thresholds, and for children in particular, resistance to treatment, nightmares, and separation anxiety. The goals of this study were (1) to systematically review published research aimed at reducing preprocedural waiting anxiety, and (2) to provide directions for future research and development of strategies to manage preprocedural waiting anxiety in health care environments.

Author(s): 
Biddiss, Elaine
Knibbe, Tara Joy
McPherson, Amy
Publication Title: 
Anesthesia and Analgesia

BACKGROUND: Reducing waiting anxiety is an important objective of patient-centered care. Anxiety is linked to negative health outcomes, including longer recovery periods, lowered pain thresholds, and for children in particular, resistance to treatment, nightmares, and separation anxiety. The goals of this study were (1) to systematically review published research aimed at reducing preprocedural waiting anxiety, and (2) to provide directions for future research and development of strategies to manage preprocedural waiting anxiety in health care environments.

Author(s): 
Biddiss, Elaine
Knibbe, Tara Joy
McPherson, Amy
Publication Title: 
Dental Clinics of North America

In the late 1960's, preventive health care began to gain in popularity in the United States and the movement carried over into the 1970's. During this time, sizable decreases in deaths from heart disease, strokes, and accidents have been noted. As a result, the lowest death rate in the history of this country (8.9 per 1000) occurred in both 1975 and 1976. Since 1970, an increase in longevity has been documented and it can be said that Americans are living longer--not just longer but hopefully better!

Author(s): 
Cooper, K. H.
Christen, A. G.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Psychosomatic Research

Parenting has first to be learnt and then worked throughout the child's development. The cost of optimal development is the parent's continued loving awareness of all his needs. Parents today are avid for information which will help them to bring up their children so that each child will be given every opportunity to develop his full potential. Consequently, it is the responsibility of all those involved in helping parents care for their children to increase their understanding of child development.

Author(s): 
Jolly, H.
Publication Title: 
Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic

Human self-awareness is not easily reducible to known principles of neurochemistry, neurophysiology, or neuropsychology. The author encourages a broader, less restrictive exploration of the nature of self-awareness as it relates to brain-injured patients. He elucidates the role of symbols in neuropsychological rehabilitation and suggests that work, love, and play are the primary symbols of normality that can reconcile brain-injured patients to their neurological condition.

Author(s): 
Prigatano, G. P.
Publication Title: 
The Journal of Analytical Psychology

Jungian and post-Jungian theory of the development of the child's psyche is reviewed. A discrimination between primary and secondary deintegration is suggested. Post-Freudian theory regarding primary object relations is integrated with the Jungian model. The two approaches can contribute synergistically to inform and advance play therapy with young children.

Author(s): 
Peery, J. Craig
Publication Title: 
Early Human Development

The developmental trajectories of specific forms of maternal touch during natural caregiving were examined across the first year in relation to the development of mother-infant reciprocal communication. One hundred and thirty-one mothers and infants in four groups aged 3, 6, 9, and 12 months were observed in a cross-sectional design at home during natural caregiving and mother-child play sessions. Microanalytic coding of the caregiving sessions considered nine forms of maternal touch, which were aggregated into three global touch categories: affectionate, stimulating, and instrumental.

Author(s): 
Ferber, Sari Goldstein
Feldman, Ruth
Makhoul, Imad R.
Publication Title: 
The Journal of Veterinary Medical Science

To clarify the behavioral profiles of 9 feline purebreds, 2 Persian subbreeds and the Japanese domestic cat, a questionnaire survey was distributed to 67 small-animal veterinarians. We found significant differences among breeds in all behavioral traits examined except for "inappropriate elimination". In addition, sexual differences were observed in certain behaviors, including "aggression toward cats", "general activity", "novelty-seeking", and "excitability".

Author(s): 
Takeuchi, Yukari
Mori, Yuji
Publication Title: 
BMC public health

BACKGROUND: While families headed by same-sex couples have achieved greater public visibility in recent years, there are still many challenges for these families in dealing with legal and community contexts that are not supportive of same-sex relationships. The Work, Love, Play study is a large longitudinal study of same-sex parents. It aims to investigate many facets of family life among this sample and examine how they change over time.

Author(s): 
Power, Jennifer J.
Perlesz, Amaryll
Schofield, Margot J.
Pitts, Marian K.
Brown, Rhonda
McNair, Ruth
Barrett, Anna
Bickerdike, Andrew
Publication Title: 
Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal

BACKGROUND: Despite the wealth of clinical research carried out in children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), little is known about the emotional experiences of their parents. This article describes the predominant emotional experiences reported by parents of children with JIA in two Canadian cities. METHODS: Research participants included 15 experienced parents and 8 novice parents (<6†months since children's JIA diagnosis). Their children were 2 to 16†years old with various JIA categories.

Author(s): 
GÛmez-RamÌrez, Oralia
Gibbon, Michele
Berard, Roberta
Jurencak, Roman
Green, Jayne
Tucker, Lori
Shiff, Natalie
Guzman, Jaime

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