Compliance in Youngsters: A “Noncompliant” View

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(2), 205–206. Reviews the book, Developmental Aspects of Health Compliance Behavior edited by Norman A. Krasnegor, Leonard Epstein, Suzanne Bennett Johnson, and Sumner J. Yaffe (1993). This authoritative and well-written volume compiles an outstanding array of edited chapters on youngsters' acceptance of medical and other health-related regimens. The book is unequivocally “noncompliant” in rejecting the medicocentrism whose disproportionate influence has impeded research in this area. A primary strength of this volume is the extent of clear and critical discussions of the meanings of compliance, as well as of health and illness and related terms such as wellness. This otherwise outstanding work merits only two criticisms: It is uneven in developmental emphasis. Some chapters do not deal with developmental issues. In addition, although the editorial bridging material is primarily synoptic of the chapters to follow, it does not provide readers with insights into issues of developmental aspects of compliance other than those discussed in the chapters. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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