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  • Factors Related to Agreement between Child and Caregiver Report of Child Functioning with Chronic Pain: PROMIS Pediatric and Parent-proxy Report. The Clinical journal of pain Birnie, K. A., Richardson, P. A., Rajagopalan, A. V., Bhandari, R. P. 2019


    OBJECTIVES: Valid and efficient assessment of patient-reported outcomes remains a priority to guide pain treatment and research. PROMIS pediatric self-report and parent-proxy measures offer feasible and rigorous evaluation of functioning in children with chronic conditions, including pain. A key challenge is determining the usefulness of multisource information from children and caregivers for understanding pain and function. Our primary aim examined child-caregiver agreement across child functioning domains. Our secondary aim examined child and caregiver factors associated with child-caregiver agreement.METHODS: A sample of 806 children with chronic pain (Mage=14.50▒y; 72% female) and a caregiver (Mage=45.82▒y; 85% mothers) completed PROMIS pediatric self-report and parent-proxy measures of anxiety, depression, fatigue, pain interference, and mobility prior to intake in an interdisciplinary outpatient pediatric chronic pain program.RESULTS: Agreement was poor to good depending on evaluation method (effect size, intraclass correlation, clinical significance interpretation). Caregivers generally reported worse child symptoms across domains compared to child self-report. Greatest discrepancy was observed for child anxiety, pain interference, and peer relations, with greatest agreement for child mobility. Greater caregiver-child discrepancy was found for younger children, girls, with higher child or caregiver pain catastrophizing, and poorer caregiver physical or mental health.DISCUSSION: Findings are discussed within the interpersonal context of pain and indicate relevance of both child and caregiver perspectives to personalize chronic pain assessment and treatment. Findings can be used by clinicians and researchers to guide whether and how to integrate multi-informant reports about child chronic pain functioning.

    View details for DOI 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000794

    View details for PubMedID 31876791

  • Fathering across contexts: The moderating role of respiratory sinus arrhythmia in predicting toddler emotion regulation DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOBIOLOGY Richardson, P. A., Bocknek, E. L., McGoron, L., Trentacosta, C. J. 2019; 61 (6): 903–19

    View details for DOI 10.1002/dev.21836

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  • Secure Base Representations among Inner-City Adolescents JOURNAL OF CHILD AND FAMILY STUDIES Richardson, P. A., Sala-Hamrick, K., Simon, V., Barnett, D. 2019; 28 (3): 784–95
  • Best-Evidence for the Rehabilitation of Chronic Pain Part 1: Pediatric Pain. Journal of clinical medicine Harrison, L. E., Pate, J. W., Richardson, P. A., Ickmans, K. n., Wicksell, R. K., Simons, L. E. 2019; 8 (9)


    Chronic pain is a prevalent and persistent problem in middle childhood and adolescence. The biopsychosocial model of pain, which accounts for the complex interplay of the biological, psychological, social, and environmental factors that contribute to and maintain pain symptoms and related disability has guided our understanding and treatment of pediatric pain. Consequently, many interventions for chronic pain are within the realm of rehabilitation, based on the premise that behavior has a broad and central role in pain management. These treatments are typically delivered by one or more providers in medicine, nursing, psychology, physical therapy, and/or occupational therapy. Current data suggest that multidisciplinary treatment is important, with intensive interdisciplinary pain rehabilitation (IIPT) being effective at reducing disability for patients with high levels of functional disability. The following review describes the current state of the art of rehabilitation approaches to treat persistent pain in children and adolescents. Several emerging areas of interventions are also highlighted to guide future research and clinical practice.

    View details for DOI 10.3390/jcm8091267

    View details for PubMedID 31438483

  • Profiling Modifiable Psychosocial Factors among Children with Chronic Pain: A Person-Centered Methodology. The journal of pain : official journal of the American Pain Society Richardson, P. A., Birnie, K. A., Harrison, L. E., Rajagopalan, A. n., Bhandari, R. P. 2019


    Targeting individually based psychosocial profiles when treating children with chronic pain and their families is key to effective behavioral health intervention and in line with tenants of precision medicine. Extant research is primarily driven by variable-centered models that focus on broad, group-level differences. The current study adopts a person-centered approach, latent profile analysis (LPA), to identify patient subgroups. Cross-sectional data are presented from 366 children (8-17 years; M=14.48; SD=2.36) with chronic pain and a primary caregiver (94% mothers). LPA indicator variables were, self-reported: fatigue, internalizing symptoms, pain catastrophizing, and pain acceptance; parent-reported: pain catastrophizing and responses to child pain. One-way ANOVAs examined the effect of profiles on child age, pain, and function. LPA identified a four-profile solution. Class 1 (12%) demonstrated the lowest scores (conveying least risk) across 5 of 6 factors. Class 4 (37%) had the highest scores (conveying greatest risk) across all factors. Classes 2 (12%) and 3 (39%) demonstrated more variability across domains. Results revealed significant effects of profile based on child age, pain, and function. This study highlights differential presentation of treatment-modifiable domains within a large sample. LPA methodology is showcased to potentially facilitate clinical conceptualizations and tailored approaches to intervention in pediatric chronic pain. Perspective: This article presents a methodological and statistical approach that may be beneficial to better assess individual profiles of pediatric pain functioning. Tools that allow providers to better match patient presentation and intervention are in line with the tenants of precision medicine and may ultimately serve to improve child outcomes.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jpain.2019.08.015

    View details for PubMedID 31521795

  • Sleep Moderates the Association Between Routines and Emotion Regulation for Toddlers in Poverty JOURNAL OF FAMILY PSYCHOLOGY Bocknek, E. L., Richardson, P. A., van den Heuvel, M. I., Qipo, T., Brophy-Herb, H. E. 2018; 32 (7): 966–74


    Routines in the family are a potential source of resilience for at-risk children and support children's emerging emotion regulation. Meanwhile, inadequate sleep has been linked with deficits in cognitive processes to attend to environmental stimuli and with poor emotion regulation for children. The detrimental effects of poor sleep are potentially worse in low-income children. The aim of the current study was to examine the moderating role of sleep in the association between family routines and emotion regulation in toddlers in poverty. We analyzed data of 130 toddlers (24-31 months; 58% boys) from low-income, primarily African American families. Mothers completed questionnaires about child routines (Child Routines Questionnaire; CRQ; Wittig, 2005).To measure emotion regulation, toddlers completed an observed behavioral task meant to elicit frustration (Lab-TAB-Locomotor Version; Goldsmith & Rothbart, 1991). As hypothesized, adequate sleep (> 11 hr) fully moderated the association between routines and observed emotion regulation. There was no effect of routines on emotion regulation for toddlers with inadequate amounts of sleep. Analyses controlled for toddler respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA) as well as maternal emotion dysregulation (the Emotional Dysregulation Scale; EDS; Westen, Muderrisoglu, Fowler, Shedler, & Koren, 1997). These results emphasize the importance of sufficient sleep in at-risk toddlers. Furthermore, the results suggest that the effectiveness of family interventions focusing on family health to increase toddler emotion regulation could be improved by incorporating sleep interventions/routines. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2018 APA, all rights reserved).

    View details for DOI 10.1037/fam0000433

    View details for Web of Science ID 000448598000012

    View details for PubMedID 30284864

  • Routine Active Playtime With Fathers Is Associated With Self-Regulation in Early Childhood MERRILL-PALMER QUARTERLY-JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY Bocknek, E. L., Dayton, C., Raveau, H. A., Richardson, P., Brophy-Herb, H. E., Fitzgerald, H. E. 2017; 63 (1): 105–34
  • Mother-infant bonding impairment across the first 6 months postpartum: the primacy of psychopathology in women with childhood abuse and neglect histories ARCHIVES OF WOMENS MENTAL HEALTH Muzik, M., Bocknek, E., Broderick, A., Richardson, P., Rosenblum, K. L., Thelen, K., Seng, J. S. 2013; 16 (1): 29–38


    Our goal was to examine the trajectory of bonding impairment across the first 6 months postpartum in the context of maternal risk, including maternal history of childhood abuse and neglect and postpartum psychopathology, and to test the association between self-reported bonding impairment and observed positive parenting behaviors. In a sample of women with childhood abuse and neglect histories (CA+, n = 97) and a healthy control comparison group (CA-, n = 53), participants completed questionnaires related to bonding with their infants at 6 weeks, 4 months, and 6 months postpartum and psychopathology at 6 months postpartum. In addition, during a 6-month postpartum home visit, mothers and infants participated in a dyadic play interaction subsequently coded for positive parenting behaviors by blinded coders. We found that all women, independent of risk status, increased in bonding with their infant over the first 6 months postpartum; however, women with postpartum psychopathology (depression and posttraumatic stress disorder [PTSD]) showed consistently greater bonding impairment scores at all timepoints. Moreover, we found that, at the 6-month assessment, bonding impairment and observed parenting behaviors were significantly associated. These results highlight the adverse effects of maternal postpartum depression and PTSD on mother-infant bonding in early postpartum in women with child abuse and neglect histories. These findings also shed light on the critical need for early detection and effective treatment of postpartum mental illness in order to prevent problematic parenting and the development of disturbed mother-infant relationships. Results support the use of the Postpartum Bonding Questionnaire as a tool to assess parenting quality by its demonstrated association with observed parenting behaviors.

    View details for DOI 10.1007/s00737-012-0312-0

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  • Maternal Brain Responses to Baby-Stimuli are Modulated by Mood Disorders Swain, J. E., Ho, S., Rosenblum, K. L., Finegood, E. D., Richardson, P., Dayton, C. J., Akce, L. B., Marcus, S. M., Phan, K., Muzik, M. ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC. 2012: 207S