The Cellie Coping Kit for Children with Injury: Initial feasibility, acceptability, and outcomes

M. L. Marsac, D. Weiss, K. L. Kohser, J. Van Allen, P. Seegan, S. Ostrowski-Delahanty, A. McGar, F. K. Winston, N. Kassam-Adams

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Purpose: Physical and psychological challenges can arise from paediatric injury, which can impact child health outcomes. Evidence-based resources to promote recovery are limited. The low cost, portable Cellie Coping Kit for Children with Injury provides evidence-based strategies to help children manage injury-related challenges. This study aimed to describe intervention feasibility and explore initial outcomes (learning, quality of life [QOL], and trauma symptoms). Methods: Three independent pilot studies were conducted. Child–parent dyads (n = 61) participated in the intervention; ~36% completed a 4-week follow-up assessment. Results: Results suggested that the intervention was feasible (e.g., 95% of parents would recommend the intervention; >85% reported that it was easy to use). Over 70% of participants reported learning new skills. No statistically significant differences were detected for children's QOL or trauma symptoms preintervention to postintervention. Conclusion: Preliminary research suggests that the Cellie Coping Kit for Children with Injuries is a feasible, low-cost, preventive intervention, which may provide families with strategies to promote recovery from paediatric injury. Future research, including a randomized controlled trial, ought to further examine targeted long-term intervention outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)599-606
Number of pages8
JournalChild: Care, Health and Development
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2018


  • child injury
  • early intervention
  • parenting
  • posttraumatic stress
  • quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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