Child Health and Human Development Yearbook 2013

Joav Merrick, MD, MMedSci, DMSc, (Editor)
Medical Director, Health Services, Division for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services, Jerusalem, Israel
Division of Adolescent Medicine, KY Children’s Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Jerusalem, Israel
Division of Pediatrics, Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Centers, Mt Scopus Campus, Jerusalem, Israel
School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Series: Pediatrics, Child and Adolescent Health
BISAC: HEA046000



Volume 10

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Volume 2

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Special issue: Resilience in breaking the cycle of children’s environmental health disparities
Edited by I Leslie Rubin, Robert J Geller, Abby Mutic, Benjamin A Gitterman, Nathan Mutic, Wayne Garfinkel, Claire D Coles, Kurt Martinuzzi, and Joav Merrick


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The early years in the life of a child are critical for cognitive, social and emotional development. It is therefore important that we make sure that children grow up in an environment where their social, emotional and educational needs are met. Children who grow up in an environment where their developmental needs are not met are at risk for compromised health, well-being and sometimes developmental delays. Society must therefore work to ensure that children develop in safe, loving and secure environments. This yearbook compiles the work done in 2013 with a broad research agenda on a global basis, addressing questions ranging from policy to practice, and spanning the developmental spectrum from human genetics, infancy and early childhood, to adolescence and adulthood. (Imprint: Nova Biomedical )

Joav Merrick

Section one – Development and Chinese teens

Chapter 1 - Reflective journals of students taking a positive youth development course in a university context in Hong Kong (pp. 3-14)
Daniel TL Shek and Florence KY Wu

Chapter 2 - Psychometric properties of the existence subscale of the Purpose in Life Questionnaire for Chinese adolescents in Hong Kong (pp. 15-24)
Ben MF Law

Chapter 3 - Subjective outcome evaluation of the project P.A.T.H.S. (extension phase) based on the perspective of program implementer (pp. 25-38)
Daniel TL Shek and Lu Yu

Chapter 4 - Subjective outcome evaluation of the Project P.A.T.H.S. in different cohorts of students (pp. 39-54)
Daniel TL Shek and Cecilia MS Ma

Chapter 5 - Student classroom misbehavior: An exploratory study based on teachers‘ perceptions (pp. 55-68)
Rachel CF Sun and Daniel TL Shek

Chapter 6 - Family and personal adjustment of economically disadvantaged Chinese adolescents in Hong Kong (pp. 69-82)
Daniel TL Shek and Pik Fong Tsui

Chapter 7 - Post-lecture evaluation of a positive youth development subject for university students in Hong Kong (pp. 83-94)
Daniel TL Shek

Chapter 8 - Evaluation of the effectiveness of a positive youth development program for secondary students in Macau (pp. 95-106)
Andrew L Luk, Ka Man Leong and Annah ML Au

Chapter 9 - Measurement of prosocial reasoning among Chinese adolescents (pp. 107-118)
Frank HY Lai, Andrew MH Siu, Chewtyn CH Chan and Daniel TL Shek

Chapter 10 - Predictors of prosocial behavior among Chinese high school students in Hong Kong (pp. 119-130)
Andrew MH Siu, Daniel TL Shek and Frank HY Lai

Chapter 11 - Classroom misbehavior in the eyes of students: A qualitative study (pp. 131-144)
Rachel CF Sun and Daniel TL Shek

Chapter 12 - Associations between pathological gambling and psychiatric comorbidity among help-seeking populations in Hong Kong (pp. 145-168)
Daniel TL Shek, Elda ML Chan and Ryan HY Wong

Chapter 13 - Internet addiction phenomenon in early adolescents in Hong Kong (pp. 169-184)
Daniel TL Shek and Lu Yu

Chapter 14 - Consumption of pornographic materials among Hong Kong early adolescents: A replication (pp. 185-196)
Daniel TL Shek and Cecilia MS Ma

Section two – Child and adolescent health

Chapter 15 - Multi-level determinants of regional variations in infant mortality in India: A state level analysis (pp. 199-220)
Shamindra Nath Roy

Chapter 16 - Assessment of energy and nutrient intakes among Saharawi children hosted in Spain (pp. 221-228)
Gloria Domènech, Sabina Escortell, Rosa Gilabert, Manuel Lucena, Ma C Martínez, Jordi Mañes and Jose M Soriano

Chapter 17 - Family size transition and its implication over child care in Andhra Pradesh, India (pp. 229-250)
Ritwika Mukherjee

Chapter 18 - Schoolchildren‘s familiarization with the meaning of loss and death: The role of theatrical games (pp. 251-258)
Angeliki Nikolakopoulou, Fotini Garagouni–Areou, Christina Roussi-Vergou and Maria Zafiropoulou

Chapter 19 - Teaching young mothers to identify developmental milestones (pp. 259-272)
Katelyn M Guastaferro, John R Lutzker, Julie J Jabaley, Jenelle R Shanley and Daniel B Crimmins

Chapter 20 - Reproductive wastage in carrier couples of hemoglobinopathies: Experiences from a retrospective study in Madhya Pradesh, India (pp. 273-284)
Ranbir S Balgir

Chapter 21 - Don‘t tag me as mentally retarded, as I am normal: A case study to understand the emotional development, dreams and insecurities of mentally challenged people (pp. 285-296)
Munir Moosa Sadruddin and Zaira Wahab

Chapter 22 - Using VML (Verbal Motor Learning) method techniques in treatment of prosody disorder due to childhood apraxia of speech: A case study (pp. 297-304)
Elad Vashdi

Section three – International health

Chapter 23 - DIR®/Floortime™: Evidence-based practice towards the treatment of autism and sensory processing disorder in children and adolescents (pp. 307-318)
Esther B Hess

Chapter 24 - Do inequalities in child health get wider as countries develop? (pp. 319-326)
Nayan Chakravarty and Sanghamitra Pati

Chapter 25 - Low-fat, no-fat and sugar free: An examination of children‘s knowledge of nutrition, food preferences and television use (pp. 327-336)
Kim Bissell

Chapter 26 - Memorable stories: A qualitative study of mothers‘ experiences with breastfeeding (pp. 337-342)
Cecilia S Obeng and Adrienne Shivers

Chapter 27 - Factors associated with accidental burn injuries in children twelve years and below admitted at Chitungwiza and Harare Central Hospitals in Zimbabwe (pp. 343-352)
Theodora M Chikwanha, Tamisayi Chinhengo and Addmore Chadambuka

Chapter 28 - Patterns and determinants of gender bias in child health in India (pp. 353-410)
Nilanjan Patra

Chapter 29 - The effect of bibliotherapy on anxiety in children with cancer (pp. 411-422)
Nicole M Schneider, Mary Peterson, Kathleen A Gathercoal and Elizabeth Hamilton

Chapter 30 - Association of parental involvement and the delay of sexual initiation in Grenadian adolescents (pp. 423-432)
Cecilia Hegamin-Younger, Rohan Jeremiah, Christine Richards, Aaron Buzzard, Lynn Fakeye and Cherise Adjodha

Chapter 31 - Categorization activities performed by children with intellectual disability and typically developing children (pp. 433-448)
Olga Megalakaki and Hanan Yazbek

Section four – Acknowledgments

Chapter 32 - About the editor (pp. 451-452)

Chapter 33 - About the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Israel (pp. 453-456)

Chapter 34 - About the book series ―Pediatrics, child and adolescent health (pp. 457-458)


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