Research Conducted or Supported by Barretstown

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Research Conducted or Supported by Barretstown

Major Research Projects/PhDs

  • Yale University Child Study Centre – Outcomes Evaluation
  • University of Nottingham (2008) – Wellbeing of Children & Young People Attending Barretstown
  • Peter Hanlon PhD – Exploring the Nature and Potential Contribution of a Therapeutic Recreation-Based Bereavement Service for Families whose Child has Died from Serious Illness (2014). Thesis awarded by University College Dublin
  • Peter Kearney PhD – The Barretstown Experience (2014). Thesis awarded by University College Cork
  • Emma Meyler PhD – Mitigating the Impact of Childhood Cancer on Irish families: The Role of Therapeutic Recreation (2008). Thesis awarded by University College Dublin
  • Gemma Kiernan PhD – Therapeutic Recreation Camping Programmes for Children with Chronic Illnesses, and Their Siblings (2000). Thesis awarded by Trinity College Dublin

Research Outputs – Published Papers

  • Jennings, C.J. & Guerin, S. (2014). Therapeutic recreation models of practice: A synthesis of key elements and examination of children’s narratives of a camp experience for evidence of these elements. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 48(4), 303-319. Link to article
  • Meyler, E., Guerin, S., Kiernan, G., & Breatnach, F. (2010). Review of family-based psychosocial interventions for childhood cancer. Journal of Paediatric Psychology, 35(10), 1116-32. Link to article
  • Kearney, P.J. (2009). The Barretstown experience: a rite of passage. Irish Journal of Sociology, 17(2), 72–89 Link to article
  • Walker DA & Pearman D (2009). Therapeutic recreation camps: an effective intervention for children and young people with chronic illness? Archives of Disease in Childhood, 94(5), 401-6. Link to article
  • Bergman, J., Kinsella, E., Kenny, J., Barbor, P., & Zeltzer. P. (2005). Medical utilization by immunodeficient, haemophiliac, and HIV positive children during summer camp: Evidence for a safe camper experience. Pediatric Blood & Cancer, 45(6), 826-830. Link to article
  • Kinsella, E., Zeltzer, P., Dignan, T., Winter, J., Breatnach, F. & Bouffet, E. (2006). Safety of summer camp for children with chronic and/or life threatening illness. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 10(4), 304- 310. Link to article
  • Kiernan, G., Guerin, S. & MacLachlan, M. (2005). Children’s Voices: Qualitative data from the Barretstown Studies. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 42(7), 733-741. Link to article
  • Kiernan, G., Gormley, M. & MacLachlan, M. (2004). The Revised-Perceived Illness Experience Scale (R-PIE); Data from the ‘Barretstown Studies’. Behavioural Medicine, 30 (1), 23-31. Link to article
  • Kiernan, G., Gormley, M. & MacLachlan, M. (2004). Outcomes associated with participation in a therapeutic recreation camping programme for children from 15 European countries: Data from the ‘Barretstown Studies’. Social Science and Medicine, 59(5), 903-913. Link to article
  • Kiernan, G. & MacLachlan M. (2002). Children’s perspectives of therapeutic recreation; Data from the ‘Barretstown Studies’. Journal of Health Psychology, 7(5), 599-614. Link to article
  • Kiernan, G., Laurent J., Joiner, T., Catanzaro S. & MacLachlan M. (2001). Cross cultural analysis of the Tripartite Model; Data from the ‘Barretstown Studies’. Journal of Personality Assessment, 77 (2), 359-380. Link to article

Other Outputs – Conference & Professional Presentations

  • Mitchell, J. & Stott, C. (2016). Barretstown’s Hospital Outreach Programme (HOP). Paper presented at the 48th Congress of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology, Dublin 2016. Abstract published in Pediatric Blood and Cancer.
  • Mitchell, J. (2016). The impact of therapeutic recreation programming on a child with serious illness. Paper presented at the 48th Congress of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology, Dublin 2016. Abstract published in Pediatric Blood and Cancer.  View Article
  • Hanlon, P., Guerin, S. & Kiernan, G. (2016). Combining bereavement and therapeutic recreation to support families who have lost a child to serious illness: The Barretstown Bereavement Programme. Paper presented at 45th Annual Conference of Psychological Society of Ireland, Athlone, November 2016. Abstract published in The Irish Psychologist Magazine View Article
  • Guerin, S., Hanlon, P. & Kiernan, G. (2015). Exploring the role of therapeutic recreation in supporting families who have lost a child to serious illness. Paper presented at 44th Annual Conference of Psychological Society of Ireland, Galway, November, 2015. Abstract published in The Irish Psychologist Magazine. View Article
  • Stott, C. (2015). Developing the Evidence – how research impacts programme development at Barretstown. Poster presented at the Childhood Cancer International Conference. View Article
  • Guerin, S., Hanlon, P. & Kiernan, G. (2015). Therapeutic recreation as a support for bereaved families. Paper presented the 37th Annual Conference of the Association for Death Education and Counselling, San Antonio, Texas, USA, 2015. View Article
  • Stott, C. & Guerin, S (2014). The role of research in understanding the psychosocial needs of families affected by serious illness and innovative programme responses. Poster presented at European Conference on Rare Disease, Berlin, 8th -10th May 2014. www.eurordis.orgView Article
  • Hanlon, P., Guerin, S. & Kiernan, G. (2011). Exploring the role of therapeutic recreation in supporting families who have lost a child to serious illness. Paper presented at 40th Annual Conference of Psychological Society of Ireland, Galway, November 2011. Abstract published in The Irish Psychologist Magazine. View Article
  • Guerin, S., Meyler, E., Kiernan, G. & Breatnach, F. (2008). Parents’ experiences of a therapeutic programme for families affected by childhood cancer. Oral paper presented at the 10th World Congress of Psyho-Oncology, Madrid, Spain, June, 2008. View Article
  • Meyler, E., Guerin, S., Kiernan, G. & Breatnach, F. (2008). Psychosocial factors associated with the impact of childhood cancer on families. Oral paper presented at the 10th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology, Madrid, Spain, June, 2008. View Article
  • Kinsella, E., Dignan, T., Breatnach, F. & Zeltzer, P. (2005). Quality of medical facility visits for teenagers and younger European children with sarcomas at Barretstown therapeutic camp: A four-year study for quality of living. Poster presented at the 37th Congress of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology 2005. Abstract published in Pediatric Blood and Cancer. View Article
  • Zeltzer, P., Kinsella, E., Dignan, T., Barbor, P. & Breatnach, F. (2005). Medical facility visits for teenage & younger European children with sarcomas attending Barretstown Therapeutic Camp: A four year comparative study for quality of life. Poster presented at the Sarcoma Meeting, Stuttgart, Germany, 2005. View Article
  • Meyler, E., Guerin, S., Kiernan, G. & Breatnach, F. (2005). Examining the role of a therapeutic recreation programme in mitigating the impact of childhood cancer. Paper presented at 36th Annual Conference of Psychological Society of Ireland, City of Derry, Northern Ireland, November 2005. Abstract published in The Irish Psychologist Magazine. View Article
  • Hanlon, P., McMahon, E. & Guerin, S. (2005). Evaluating a bereavement programme for families who have lost a child to serious illness. Paper presented at 36th Annual Conference of Psychological Society of Ireland, City of Derry Northern Ireland, November 2005. Abstract published in The Irish Psychologist Magazine. View Article
  • Guerin, S. (2002). Examining the impact of a therapeutic recreation programme. Paper presented at 33rd Annual Conference of Psychological Society of Ireland, Waterford, November 2002. Abstract published in The Irish Psychologist Magazine. View Article
  • Bouffet, E., Kinsella, E., Richardson, L., Dignan, T., Breatnach, F. & Zeltzer, P. (2002). Medical Facility utilization and safety at Barretstown summer therapeutic recreation camp for European children with cancer/serious illnesses: A 4-year experience. Oral presentation during the 34th Congress of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology 2002, Porto, Portugal. Abstract published in the Journal of Paediatric Oncology. View Article

Other Research

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