Assessing mothers' attitudes about the physician's role in child health promotion

Tina L. Cheng, Judith A. Savageau, Carol Bigelow, Evan Charney, Sanjaya Kumar, Thomas G. DeWitt

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Objectives. This study assessed maternal attitudes about the physician's role in child health promotion. Methods. Home interviews were conducted with 200 Massashusetts mothers (with one child age 2 to 3 years) enrolled in a health maintenance organization. Results, Mothers chose growth and nutrition, physical development, and illness as the most important topics and felt that providers have the ability to prevent problems and to help. Psychosocial and safety issues were less important, although mothers felt suscepitible to these issues and believed they greatly affected children's health, Conclusions. On all issues, mothers believed physicians were more effective in helping families after, not before problems arose. The Health Belief Model provided insight into attitudes and possible interventions. attitudes and possible interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1809-1812
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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