Developmental-behavioral pediatrics : evidence and practice by Mark Wolraich; et al

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100,101 As such, this section is the 27 longest and most detailed of the “current theory” sections. Developmental-behavioral pediatricians can benefit greatly from knowledge of this field because of its emphasis on tracing the evolution of problems in development. In this way, informed pediatricians can play a key role in identifying children who are manifesting the beginnings of maladaptive developmental trajectories and who are probabilistically at risk for eventually developing more severe levels of pathological behavior.

By testing mediational models within the context of an intervention study, they could determine which of these three parenting targets accounts for the significant intervention effect. It may be, for example, that the intervention’s effect on parental consistency is the mechanism through which the treatment has an effect on child outcome. This component of the treatment could then be emphasized and enhanced in future versions of the intervention (Fig. 18 Finally, how do investigators determine what variables are most intervention relevant?

Unlike Gesell’s method, in which the researcher stood apart from his objects of study, Piaget developed a research technique known as the clinical method. This involved presenting children with various tasks and verbal problems that would tap into children’s reasoning. 22 DEVELOPMENTAL AND BEHAVIORAL PEDIATRICS: EVIDENCE AND PRACTICE Although he would begin with a set of standardized questions, he would then probe children’s responses with follow-up questions to reveal the reasoning behind their responses.

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