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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Improving sibling support in Japanese and U.S. pediatric hospitals
by Nishimoto, Kyoko, M.A., Mills College, 2012, 56; 1511116
Abstract (Summary)

This study explores sibling support systems provided by Japanese and U.S. Child Life Programs in pediatric hospitals. Patients and family members encounter stress because of illness, injury, and medical procedures. In order for the healthy siblings to cope with their siblings' hospitalizations, psychosocial, developmental, emotional, and informational services are necessary to normalize their life. Active Child Life Specialists in the U.S. and Japan were recruited to participate in a survey and individual interviews about their services for healthy siblings. The results from the current study showed that both Japanese and U.S. pediatric hospitals had some kind of support for siblings. However, there were issues about sibling support systems, such as the acknowledgement of needs, the availability of siblings and CLSs, funding from hospitals, and the needs for advocacy.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Shimpi, Priya, Perez, Linda
School: Mills College
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Health sciences, Health education
Keywords: Child life, Cross-cultural, Hospital, Sibling program, Sibling support
Publication Number: 1511116
ISBN: 978-1-267-36372-5
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