Project: Research project

Project Details


Hospitalizataion is noted to be stressful for many children. Recent
research on hospitalized adults suggests that hospitalization stress may
vary as a function of individual coping styles, with those adults who are
"sensitizers" or who seek additional information aabout hospital procedures
and "actively cope" with them faring better than those who are
"repressors". This study will assess coping styles in 80 children 6-10
yrs. of age prior to, during and post hospitalization for
tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy. The children will be assessed using
standardized interviews of coping styles, videotaping of play behavior,
monitoring of activity level and heart rate, time lapse videotaping of
nightime sleep and urine assays of cortisol, norepinephrine and epinephrine
as measures noted to be affected by stress. In addition the children's
behaviors and physiology during stressful hospital procedures including
blood test, pre-operative injection, pre-anesthesia and recovery will be
recorded. Data analyses will be oriented toward describing behavioral and
physiological changes that occur pre, during and post hospitalizataion and
determining whether the children's responses to hospital stress vary as a
function of different coping styles. Different styles of coping may
indicate different types of hospital preparation for different children.
Effective start/end date1/1/901/1/90


  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development


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