Child life services: Committee on hospital care

J. M. Neff, H. A. Schaeffer, J. M. Eichner, D. R. Hardy, P. H. Jewett, J. M. Percelay, T. Sigrest, E. R. Stucky, S. Dull, M. O'Connor, E. J. Ostric, S. Q. Rucki, E. Wiener, J. M. Wilson, R. Wise, M. D. Klein, S. Mucha

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Child life programs have become the standard in large pediatric settings to address the psychosocial concerns that accompany hospitalization and other health care experiences. Child life programs facilitate coping and the adjustment of children and families in 3 primary service areas: 1) providing play experiences; 2) presenting developmentally appropriate information about events and procedures; and 3) establishing therapeutic relationships with children and parents to support family involvement in each child's care. Although other members of the health care team share these responsibilities for the psychosocial concerns of the child and the family, for the child life specialist, this is the primary role. The child life specialist focuses on the strengths and sense of well-being of children while promoting their optimal development and minimizing the adverse effects of children's experiences in a hospital setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1156-1159
Number of pages4
Issue number5 I
StatePublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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