Controlled evaluation of the STARBRIGHT CD-ROM program for children and adolescents with cystic fibrosis

Melissa A. Davis, Alexandra L. Quittner, Crystal M. Stack, Mark C.K. Yang

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Abstract

Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of the STARBRIGHT Fitting Cystic Fibrosis Into Your Life Everyday CD-ROM. Data were analyzed to evaluate the effectiveness of the program as an educational tool for children and adolescents with cystic fibrosis (CF). Methods: Forty-seven children and adolescents with CF between the ages of 7 and 17 years were enrolled in the study. Participants completed an initial evaluation of CF-related knowledge and coping skills and were then randomly assigned to one of two groups: the treatment group or the wait-list control group. Participants then viewed the CD-ROM, and researchers completed posttest measures. Results: Analyses indicated that both disease-related knowledge and coping strategies generated by children and adolescents with CF improved as a result of the intervention and that this effect was replicated in the wait-list group. Conclusions: In sum, the results of the current study indicate that the STARBRIGHT CD-ROM program is a promising intervention for increasing CF-related knowledge and the competence of children's and adolescents' coping strategies. These positive results are enhanced by the brief, inexpensive, and portable nature of this educational program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-267
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of pediatric psychology
Volume29
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2004

Keywords

  • Coping skills
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Educational intervention
  • STARBRIGHT

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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