Responsiveness to maternal concern in preventive child health visits

An analysis of clinician-parent interactions

Richard C. Wasserman, Thomas Inui, Robert D. Barriatua, William B. Carter, Priscilla Lippincott

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Abstract

Clinician-parent interactions in preventive child health visits should reflect parental concern. Variations in this visit process according to the level of maternal concern were explored. Forty initial visits to a pediatric clinic were videotaped. Mothers were interviewed before the visits to determine their concerns about their infants. Videotapes were analyzed using Resource Exchange Analysis, a clinically based method of interaction analysis. Highly concerned mothers had longer visits, initiated more interaction, sought more information, talked more about their infants, expressed more worry, and received more clinician empathy (all p <0.05). Analysis also showed significant differences in visit process according to clinician type and sex. Stepwise multiple regressions, controlling for clinician type and sex, revealed persistent contribution by maternal concerns to variance in visit process variables (all p <0.004), change in R2 0.16 to 0.32). It was concluded that clinician-parent interactions in the preventive child health visits are responsive to parental concerns. Copyright.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-176
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Volume4
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1983
Externally publishedYes

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Psychology(all)

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Responsiveness to maternal concern in preventive child health visits : An analysis of clinician-parent interactions. / Wasserman, Richard C.; Inui, Thomas; Barriatua, Robert D.; Carter, William B.; Lippincott, Priscilla.

In: Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Vol. 4, No. 3, 1983, p. 171-176.

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Wasserman, Richard C. ; Inui, Thomas ; Barriatua, Robert D. ; Carter, William B. ; Lippincott, Priscilla. / Responsiveness to maternal concern in preventive child health visits : An analysis of clinician-parent interactions. In: Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. 1983 ; Vol. 4, No. 3. pp. 171-176.
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