Asthma is a serious public health issue in the United States for children and adolescents. Asthma affected approximately one out of every ten school-aged children in 2011. Because of this chronic illness, students miss 10.5 million school days each year (United States Environmental Protection Agency, 2011). (United States Environmental Protection Agency, 2011). Asthma management and treatment face a number of challenges. Parents and guardians, as well as their asthmatic children, can erect barriers. Parents and guardians may feel less motivated to change their children’s behavior (Bender, 2002). For example, William, 12, does not clean his room on a weekly basis to get rid of dust mites, which is one of his asthma triggers. After several attempts to persuade him to comply, his parents lose motivation to try to change his behavior. As a result of the numerous barriers to effective asthma management and treatment, children and adolescents may develop alternative coping strategies (Ryan-Wenger & Walsh, 1994).
Assume you are a health psychology professional who needs to create a brochure for asthmatic students for this Assignment. Consider how you would describe asthma to a child or adolescent. Then, describe the barriers that children and adolescents have created, as well as the potential consequences for them. Look over the media in this week’s Learning Resources. Please keep in mind that you will only see media featuring adolescents due to ethical and legal concerns about filming younger children.
Day 7 is the deadline for submitting your assignment. This assignment may serve as the basis for your comprehensive program, which is due in Week 10. For more information, please see the Week 10 Assignment. Please use your imagination when creating your Assignment. You may use the templates provided in the Course Information area for your Assignment or create your own.
The Project (1 brochure)
Create a brochure that could be used in a hospital, clinic, or the office of a school counselor.
Include the following details in your brochure:
Asthma in children and adolescents should be defined.
Describe three potential barriers to asthma control in children and adolescents.
Explain the potential effects of asthma on children’s and adolescents’ daily functioning.
Explain the differences in asthma coping strategies between children and adolescents.