Susan K. Riesch

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Suicide is extremely rare among persons under age 15 years old. Nationwide, it has been reported that 18% of students in grade 6 had thoughts of killing themselves. The Social Disintegration Model (SDM) summarizes intra-personal, interpersonal, peer network, physical and heath risk behaviour characteristics that may influence suicide ideation. As part of a(More)
PROBLEM What were the effects of a communication skills training intervention among a sample of young adolescents and parents who scored in the "extreme" range of the Circumplex Model of Family Systems? METHODS Thirty-seven young adolescents and a parent (intervention group) participated in communication skills training 2 hours/week for 6 weeks. Their(More)
The aim of this paper is to report the results of a preliminary examination of the efficacy of the Strengthening Families Program (SFP) 10-14 in improving parent and youth problem-solving skill. The Hypotheses in this paper include: (1) youth and parents who participated in SFP would have lower mean scores immediately (T2) and 6 months (T3) post(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of the study was to develop and test the initial psychometric properties of the ATTitudes and Avatars INstrument (ATTAIN). The integrated behavior model guided instrument development to measure the young adolescent boys' attitudes, intentions and actions to change their bodies. METHODS An adolescent health expert panel and young(More)
Videotaping is used frequently in nursing research. A threat to the validity of videotaping is participant reactivity, that is, being recorded by a camera may influence the behavior of interest. This paper's purpose is to report how youth ages 10 to 14 years old and their parent viewed participation in a videotaped conflict-management task. Five dyads, who(More)
Early adolescence (ages 11-14 years) occurs at the time most parents are in middle adulthood. The tasks of both early adolescent and middle adulthood stages are numerous and complex. As a societal unit, the family is challenged to meet one another's needs for cohesion, adaptability, and satisfaction. Family communication and the family's ability to resolve(More)
Early adolescence is the developmental period during which children make the physical, psychological, cognitive, and social transitions to adolescence. Because the development of a healthy conceptualization of the self is foundational to adequate functioning later in life, self-image is a concept of interest to clinicians and researchers. Offer, Ostrov, and(More)
Thirty infants were assessed on the third day after delivery to determine their individual capabilities for social interactions. A modified Brazelton Neonatal Assessment Scale was used. The infant's mothers were interviewed to determine their perceptions of the social behavioral potential of their neonates. It was found that mothers had expected and did(More)
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