Susan R Woolfenden

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BACKGROUND Conduct disorder and delinquency are significant problems for children and adolescents and their families, with the potential to consume much of the resources of the health, social care and juvenile justice systems. A number of family and parenting interventions have been recommended and are used for these conditions. The aim of this review was(More)
BACKGROUND Child sexual abuse is a significant problem that requires an effective means of prevention. OBJECTIVES To assess: if school-based programmes are effective in improving knowledge about sexual abuse and self-protective behaviours; whether participation results in an increase in disclosure of sexual abuse and/or produces any harm; knowledge(More)
BACKGROUND Lead poisoning is associated with physical, cognitive and neurobehavioral impairment in children and many household interventions to prevent lead exposure have been trialled. OBJECTIVES To determine the effectiveness of household interventions in preventing or reducing lead exposure in children as measured by reductions in blood lead levels(More)
BACKGROUND Specialist paediatric home-based nursing services have been proposed as a cost-effective means of reducing distress resulting from hospital admissions, while enhancing primary care and reducing length of hospital stay. This review is an update of our original review, which was published in 2006. OBJECTIVES To evaluate specialist home-based(More)
BACKGROUND Eating disorders represent an extremely difficult condition to treat and patients consume an enormous amount of mental health energy and resources. Being young, female, and dieting are some of the few identified risk factors that have been reliably linked to the development of eating disorders, and several prevention eating disorder prevention(More)
Aims: To determine whether family and parenting interventions benefit children and adolescents with conduct disorder and delinquency. Methods: Meta-analysis of eight randomised controlled trials involving 749 children and adolescents (aged 10–17 years) with conduct disorder and/or delinquency. Criminality, academic performance, future employment, problem(More)
AIM To investigate the prevalence of and risk factors for iron deficiency in children with global developmental delay and/or autism spectrum disorder (ASD). METHOD A retrospective review was conducted of the files of children referred to community paediatric clinics in South West Sydney from May 2009 to July 2011 who were diagnosed with global(More)
BACKGROUND Universal developmental surveillance programs aimed at early identification and targeted early intervention significantly improve short- and long-term outcomes in children at risk of developmental disorders. However, a significant challenge remains in providing sufficiently rigorous research and robust evidence to inform policy and service(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Children from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds are at risk of having developmental problems go undetected prior to starting school, and missing out on early intervention. Our aim was to explore the family and service characteristics, beliefs and experiences that influence the journey of families from CALD(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate the attitudes of general practitioners (GPs) to varicella disease and varicella vaccine. METHODS A cross-sectional questionnaire was mailed to GPs in Fairfield (located in the south-western suburbs of Sydney, NSW, Australia) to identify attitudes about varicella vaccine, previous experience with varicella disease and the(More)