Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Child life specialists' perspectives in supporting adolescents struggling with medical non-compliance
by Carter, Jennifer, M.A., Mills College, 2014, 56; 1557343
Abstract (Summary)

The current study sought to examine child life specialists' perspectives on supporting adolescents struggling with medical non-compliance. The intent of the study was to identify various factors involved in adolescent medical non-compliance and to examine the role of the child life specialist in supporting this population. Eighty-five certified child life specialists were surveyed regarding their work with adolescents and the strategies used to support adolescents struggling with medical non-compliance. The issues surrounding medical non-compliance were examined as well as child life specialist education and how capable child life specialists felt in their ability to support this population. Results support previous literature suggesting a negative impact of typical adolescent development on medical compliance. In addition, results revealed the multidisciplinary team approach and family dynamics as being barriers to supporting adolescents' struggle with medical non-compliance. These findings support the need for additional education to better equip child life specialists in their work with this population.

Keywords: child life specialists, adolescents, medical non-compliance, medical non-adherence

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Shimpi, Priya, Perez, Linda
School: Mills College
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Early childhood education, Developmental psychology
Keywords: Adolescents, Child life specialists, Medical non-adherance, Medical non-compliance
Publication Number: 1557343
ISBN: 978-1-303-94653-0
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