Title page for ETD etd-0415102-203956

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Applegate, Heather Rech
Author's Email Address happlegate@psychiatry.umsmed.edu
URN etd-0415102-203956
Title Effects of a Screening Instrument and Parent Handouts on Physicians' Recognition and Intervention of Children's Behavioral and Emotional Problems
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Mary Lou Kelley Committee Chair
Katie E. Cherry Committee Member
Phillip J. Brantley Committee Member
William D. Gouvier Committee Member
Joan Benedict Dean's Representative
  • behavior problems
  • pediatric primary care
  • screening
Date of Defense 2002-03-07
Availability unrestricted
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.
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