Coping with paediatric illness: Child’s play? Exploring the effectiveness of a play- and sports-based cognitive behavioural programme for children with chronic health conditions

Published on 2020-06-08T12:07:08Z (GMT) by
<div><p>Little is known about how play affects the development of children with a chronic condition. Studying play poses major methodological challenges in measuring differences in play behaviour, which results in a relative scarcity of research on this subject. This pilot study seeks to provide novel directions for research in this area. The effectiveness of a play- and sports-based cognitive behavioural programme for children (8–12 years) with a chronic condition was studied. The children and parents completed a battery of measurement tools before and after the programme. Moreover, the application of automated computer analyses of behaviour was piloted. Behaviour (Child Behavior Checklist) seemed to be positively affected by the programme. An increase in psychological well-being was observed (KIDSCREEN). Perceived competence (Self-Perception Profile for Children) and actual motor competence (Canadian Agility and Movement Skill Assessment) did not show any positive trends. These results of 13 participants suggest that children might learn to better cope with their illness by stimulating play behaviour. For the analysis of the effectiveness of programmes like this, we therefore propose to focus on measuring behaviour and quality of life. In addition, pilot measurements showed that automated analysis of play can provide important insights into the participation of children.</p></div>

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de Jong, Nynke Boukje; Elzinga-Plomp, Alda; Hulzebos, Erik HJ; Poppe, Ronald; Nijhof, Sanne L; van Geelen, Stefan (2020): Coping with paediatric illness: Child’s play? Exploring the effectiveness of a play- and sports-based cognitive behavioural programme for children with chronic health conditions. SAGE Journals. Collection. https://doi.org/10.25384/SAGE.c.5011568.v1