Elizabeth Burgess Dowdell

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OBJECTIVE The use of online social networks like Facebook continues to increase rapidly among all age groups and segments of our society, presenting new opportunities for the exchange of sexual information as well as for potentially unsafe encounters between predators and the vulnerable or young. This study surveyed middle school, high school, and(More)
Health risk behaviors undertaken in adolescence, such as smoking, can have a lasting impact on both short-term and long-term health developments. To better describe the health risk behaviors of an adolescent urban population, a study was conducted at two parochial middle schools in the southwest section of Philadelphia. The study purpose was to describe (1)(More)
1. The term caregiver burden currently describes the physical, psychological, emotional, social, and financial problems that can be experienced by family members who are caregivers. 2. The health, emotional and psychosocial well being of the grandchild (care recipient) directly affects the grandmother caregiver's health, emotional, and psychosocial well(More)
A descriptive, correlational study was undertaken with 54 urban, 7th graders (age, 11-13 y) from one class. By using the Youth Risk Behaviors Surveillance System Questionnaire (YRBSS), information was collected about health risk behaviors as well as unintentional and intentional injury. Findings indicate that these adolescent students have significant fears(More)
Asthma is one of the most common, serious chronic diseases in pediatric and young adult populations. Health-risk behaviors, including cigarette smoking and alcohol use, may exacerbate chronic diseases and complicate their management. The aim of this study was to longitudinally analyze rates of cigarette smoking and alcohol use in adolescents and young(More)
Caregivers of children who have been sexually abused often find the experience challenging, especially when the child begins to act out in the home. Many children who have engaged in sexually aggressive, sexually inappropriate, or coercive behaviors with other children are placed in foster care. The purpose of this article is to describe the characteristics(More)