Journal article

Children’s daily life after potentially traumatic injury: A naturalistic observation study.

Mira Vasileva, Elizabeth J Schilpzand, Shaminka N Mangelsdorf, Rowena Conroy, Anna Barrett, Helen Jowett, Silvia Bressan, Franz E Babl, Vicki Anderson, Matthias R Mehl, Eva Alisic

Traumatology | American Psychological Association (APA) | Published : 2021


Although family environment in the aftermath of potentially traumatic pediatric injury appears critical to recovery, there are no studies observing children’s daily life at home. We aimed to explore the daily family environment (activities and interactions) of 3- to 16-year-olds and their families following an injury requiring hospital admission. We used the electronically activated recorder (EAR; Mehl et al. 2001) to gather detailed, moment-to-moment observational data for 71 child participants (59% male; Mage = 10.41 years, SD = 3.60) during 2 days at home, within a month of their injury. We also explored associations between either acute stress symptoms or perceived social support and cha..

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