Identifier

etd-0415102-203956

Degree

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Psychology

Document Type

Dissertation

Abstract

This study examined the effects of a screening instrument and parent handouts on pediatric residents' recognition and intervention of children's behavioral and emotional problems. Four pediatric residents and 52 parent-child dyads attending a pediatric primary care clinic participated in the study. A multiple baseline design across residents was used. The effects of the interventions were assessed by measuring ten target behaviors of the pediatric residents. After being trained to use the screening instrument, residents' increased the number and variety of questions they asked regarding behavioral and emotional issues. Attempts at intervention by the residents showed small but reliable increases when handouts on behavior management procedures were made available. The use of a screening instrument in pediatric primary care shows promise in increasing discussions regarding children's behavioral and emotional issues between residents and parents. Further research is needed examining strategies to improve pediatric residents' attempts at intervention for behavioral and emotional problems in children.

Date

2002

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

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Committee Chair

Mary Lou Kelley

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Psychology Commons

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