David Ray DeMaso

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This paper describes exploration of uses of a computational storytelling environment on the Cardiology Unit of the Children’s Hospital in Boston during the summer of 1997. Young cardiac patients ranging from age 7 to 16 used the SAGE environment to tell personal stories and create interactive characters, as a way of coping with cardiac ihness,(More)
BACKGROUND We report neuropsychological and structural brain imaging assessments in children 16 years of age with d-transposition of the great arteries who underwent the arterial switch operation as infants. Children were randomly assigned to a vital organ support method, deep hypothermia with either total circulatory arrest or continuous low-flow(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the presence of depression and anxiety in adults with congenital heart disease and the association of medical severity with depression and anxiety. DESIGN Prospective, pilot study. SETTING An adult outpatient cardiology clinic in university-affiliated children's hospital in Northeast. PATIENTS Twenty-two adult patients with(More)
Few data exist on the quality of life in children and adolescents with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs). The objective of this study was to determine whether anxiety, depression, family functioning, and quality of life are related to cardiac illness severity in pediatric patients with ICDs. The subjects were 20 patients (mean age 14.8 years;(More)
This study hypothesized that maternal adjustment, perceptions, and social support would better predict child adaptation to craniofacial disfigurement than medical severity. Mothers of 77 children (ages 6-12) completed the Child Behavior Checklist, Beck Depression Inventory, Spielberger Trait Anxiety Scale, Social Support Questionnaire Revised, and Parenting(More)
OBJECTIVE Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) coexisting with epilepsy is poorly understood; thus, we compared the clinical correlates and psychiatric comorbid conditions of 36 children with epilepsy and ADHD aged 6 to 17 years enrolled in an ADHD treatment trial, with those reported in the literature on children with ADHD without epilepsy. (More)
BACKGROUND AND METHODS This study examined (1) the psychologic functioning of children and adolescents before and after heart transplantation and (2) whether pretransplantation psychologic functioning, posttransplantation medical severity, and family functioning were related to the patients' posttransplantation psychologic functioning. The subjects were 23(More)
We describe a five-month pilot project conducted in the dialysis unit at Boston's Children's Hospital. Pediatric patients with renal disease used the Zora graphical multi-user environment while facing hemodialysis. Zora is an identity construciton environment specifically designed to help young people explore issues of identity, while engaging in a(More)
OBJECTIVE This study examined the role of developmental differences in the detection and disclosure of child sexual abuse. METHOD A random medical record review was conducted of 72 children and adolescents seen over a consecutive 3-year period for suspected sexual abuse in the emergency room of a pediatric hospital. The following data were gathered: (1)(More)
BACKGROUND There has been little research on the stress experienced by parents of children who have undergone heart transplantation. METHODS Parents of 52 consecutive pediatric heart transplant recipients completed questionnaires assessing illness-related parenting stress and post-traumatic stress symptoms at a routine clinic visit. Medical charts were(More)