A Conceptual Model for Understanding Health Problems and Developing Interventions
The purpose of this chapter is to present a model for understanding pediatric health problems that can guide the development and implementation of effective and useful interventions. The model proposed is based on developmental-ecological psychology and integrates aspects of social learning theory and cognitive-behavioral psychology. The chapter begins with a consideration of the developing child who is coping with an illness that can change over time in response to disease course, developmental and systemic factors, and treatments. Next, we consider child and system resources that can support child coping and form the basis for intervention planning. Finally, we describe a model of intervention development and implementation that is based upon multisystemic collaboration and focuses on competence enhancement and problem solving using strategies derived from social learning and cognitivebehavioral psychology.