ACLP Bulletin

Fall 2018 | VOL. 36 NO. 4



In This Issue


  2 Calling All Advocates
  3 Pathways
  5 Identity
  7 O is for Open Access
10 When Coping Appears Violent: The Child Life Specialist's Role in Facilitating a Safe, Positive
     Environment During Hospitalization 

16 Point: A Child Life Specialist's Position on the Use of Midazolam (Versed) in Pre-Operative Settings
17 Counterpoint: The Use of Non-Pharmacological Techniques to Support Children with Preoperative

21 ACLP Research Awards 2018
24 The Project: Helpful Advice for the Aspiring Child Life Intern
34 Sexual Assault Examinations in a Pediatric Emergency Setting
37 Specialized Resources
38 Changing Perspectives: Rediscovering the Value of the Therapeutic Relationship: A Lesson
     Learned from a Patient
39 Bits and Bytes: Crucial Conversations About Technology
41 Book Review: Handbook of Medical Play Therapy and Child Life
43 Loose Parts: Creating a Gastronomy Tube Doll
45 Beyond the Classroom: Patient to Professional: A Narrative in Child Life
46 Self-Disclosure: How Stories Impact Practice
49 The Integration of Simulation into Child Life Academic Programs
54 Pathways to Professional Inquiry
     Step 4: Identifying Key Drivers
56 Moments from the Past: Who Let the Dog In? Woof Woof

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26 Meta-Parenting Among Parents of Hospitalized Children

Elizabeth M. McCarroll, PhD, CCLS
Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX

Meta-parenting refers to thoughts parents have about their childrenand their parenting practices. This study utilized a novel approach toinvestigate parenting and the thought processes behind parentingby applying the meta-parenting framework and concepts to a uniqueand understudied population: parents of hospitalized children.Four categories of meta-parenting were examined in the currentstudy: anticipating, assessing, problem-solving, and reflecting.Variables such as child age, parental education, and stress were alsoexamined. A child health status variable was included to explore therole of the child’s health in meta-parenting in this sample. Finally,data from this study were analyzed to compare previous results fromstudies using the four meta-parenting categories. Data were collectedin the form of questionnaires from 76 parents at a large pediatricmedical facility. Results indicated that parenting stress does play asignificant role in meta-parenting and impacts the category of metaparentingparents engage in. Therefore, it is important for individualsworking with children and families in stressful situations, such ashospitalization, to understand the impact stress has on parentingthoughts, practices, and decisions so that they may better supportchildren and families in stressful environments.

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