Testing Theoretical Models and Frameworks in Child Health Research

  • Thomas A. Wills
  • Sean D. Cleary
Part of the Issues in Clinical Child Psychology book series (ICCP)

Abstract

In this chapter we discuss testing theoretical models of processes in child health research. By this we mean the kind of research that is based on deriving predictions from a theoretical portrayal of the process that has engaged the investigator’s interest and designing a study to provide a test of this model. Some may think that theoretical models are always complicated and abstruse, but this is not the case; in fact, some of the best models may be quite simple ones. A child psychologist may pose a question such as, “Why are some children more at risk for a certain condition?” or “How do families adapt successfully to their child’s chronic disease?” or “What makes a particular treatment technique effective?” The psychologist’s thinking about the process underlying the outcome provides the basis for a model of how things occur: How do environmental and familial factors combine to create risk; what coping processes lead to adaptation; what mediating variables are responsible for the effectiveness of a therapeutic program. Such statements are the beginning of a testable model.

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Arthritis Depression Covariance Income Nicotine 

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  • Thomas A. Wills
    • 1
  • Sean D. Cleary
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Epidemiology and Social MedicineAlbert Einstein College of MedicineBronxUSA

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