Social Support

Limited research has also been conducted on the efficacy of interventions designed to increase social support within groups of children and adolescents with SCD. In an evaluation of a support group intervention, Telfair and Gardner (1999) documented that adolescents' satisfaction with the intervention was a significant predictor of psychological well-being. Starlight Children's Foundation has developed an Internet site (http://www.starlight.org) that provides children with educational activities about SCD and forums for online social contact with other patients with SCD. Among hospitalized children, data show that the foundation's social network, Starbright World, has been associated with increased perceived peer support for children with SCD, as well as decreased use of negative coping strategies among adolescents with the disease (Haz-zard et al. 2002).

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