There is little research and no selfreport assessment instruments available to guide nurses in the provision of psychosocial care to children with seizures and their families. Information on the development of two instruments, Report of Psychosocial Care Scale and Child Report of Psycyhosocial Care Scale, and their use in a research study to measure psychosocial care of children with new-onset seizures and their parents are presented in three parts. This first article describes development and initial testing of their psychometric properties. The second article, Part 2, “Psychosocial Care Needs of Parents of Children with New-Onset Seizures,” describes results from the use of the parent scale with mothers and fathers of children with new-onset seizures. The third article, Part 3, “Psychosocial Care Needs of Children with New-Onset Seizures,” reports findings from the use of the child scale with children ages 8–14 years with new-onset seizures.
Questions or comments about this article may be directed to: Joan Austin, DNS, RN, Indiana University School of Nursing, 1111 Middle Drive, NU492, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202. She is a professor at the Indiana University School of Nursing.
David Dunn. MD is a pediatric neurologist at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis.
Gertrude Huster, is a biostatician at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis.
Douglas Rose, MD is a pediatric neurologist at University of Tennessee School of Medicine inMemphis, Tennessee.
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