Acutely and critically ill children, like adults, want information about their illness. Children put information they gather into the context of their understanding of the world around them, which is influenced by their level of cognitive development. The development of their understanding of the world is also apparent in their understanding of their bodies and of illness etiology, prevention, and cure. Research generally supports the expected developmental progression of children’s understanding of body parts and functions and of illness etiology. Implications for practice arc provided
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Critical Care Potpourri| February 01 1994
Children’s Understanding of Illness: Developmental Aspects
Joanne M. Youngblut, PhD, RN
From the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.
Reprint requests to JoAnne M. Youngblut, Associate Professor, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, 10900 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106-4904.
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AACN Adv Crit Care (1994) 5 (1): 42–48.
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Joanne M. Youngblut; Children’s Understanding of Illness: Developmental Aspects. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 February 1994; 5 (1): 42–48. doi:
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