8. Use of Theories to Guide Practice

  1. Linda L. Eddy
  1. Linda L. Eddy

Published Online: 20 SEP 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118783290.ch8

Caring for Children with Special Healthcare Needs and their Families

Caring for Children with Special Healthcare Needs and their Families

How to Cite

Eddy, L. L. (2013) Use of Theories to Guide Practice, in Caring for Children with Special Healthcare Needs and their Families (ed L. L. Eddy), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., West Sussex, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118783290.ch8

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 SEP 2013
  2. Published Print: 12 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780813820828

Online ISBN: 9781118783290

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Keywords:

  • child healthcare;
  • cognitive development;
  • developmental family theory;
  • disabled children;
  • Erikson's theory;
  • family ecological theory;
  • Piaget's theory;
  • psychosocial development;
  • systems theory

Summary

Child healthcare in general, and care of children with disabilities in particular, is increasingly dependent on sound theoretical bases. This chapter outlines common individual and family theories that can help to structure care of children and adolescents as well as provide guidance in accomplishing comprehensive family assessment and intervention. Individual theories include: (a) Erikson's stages of psychosocial development, and (b) Piaget's stages of cognitive development. Family theories include: (a) family life course perspective (developmental family theory), (b) family systems theory, and (c) various contextual theories. The chapter provides examples of use of these theories when caring for children with a variety of special healthcare needs. Clinically useful theory-based individual and family assessment guidelines are also provided.