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OBJECTIVE To test the feasibility and safety of a computer-based application designed to facilitate the healthy coping of children and their families who must contend with significant congenital heart disease (CHD). The application, called the Experience Journal (EJ), is a psychoeducational intervention based on a narrative model involving the sharing of(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of the study was to determine whether a history of physical or sexual abuse is more common in children with borderline personality disorder than in other children evaluated in the same outpatient psychiatric clinic. METHOD The authors contrasted rates of abuse in 44 children diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and in 100(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 The goal of this study was to pilot a randomized controlled trial of OROS methylphenidate (OROS-MPH) to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) plus epilepsy. METHODS Thirty-three patients, 6-18years of age, taking antiepileptic drugs and with a last seizure 1-60months prior were assigned to a maximum daily dose of 18, 36, or 54mg(More)
OBJECTIVE This study tested the feasibility and safety of a computer-based application for families facing childhood depression. The Depression Experience Journal (EJ) is a psychoeducational intervention based on a narrative model involving the sharing of personal stories about childhood depression. METHOD Semistructured interviews assessed Depression EJ(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to determine whether rates of psychopathology differed between the families of a group of children and adolescents with borderline personality disorder and the families of a psychiatric comparison group. METHOD The rates of psychiatric disorders in the families of 44 child and adolescent outpatients with borderline(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)
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)
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)
Medical advances make it increasingly possible for children with previously fatal illness to live and thrive. However, a significant number still experience repeated operations, hospitalization, and invasive procedures, or need special care at home. Many do so with little or no intervention to help them and their families cope with the emotional stresses(More)