Comparison of two brief parent-training interventions for child distress during parent-administered needle procedures

Keith J. Slifer, Melissa DeMore, Natalie Vona-Messersmith, Valerie Pulbrook-Vetter, Melissa Beck, Lynnda Dalhquist, Kimberly Bellipanni, Elizabeth Johnson

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Abstract

This randomized clinical trial employed a 2-group (general child behavior management training vs. distraction for pain management training) design across repeated parent-administered needle procedures. Forty-seven children with a chronic illness requiring recurrent injections were observed at baseline and 2 intervention sessions. Videotaped observations of parent-child interactions were coded for child behavioral distress and parents' use of behavior management strategies. Across groups, many children displayed minimal to no distress at baseline. Among participants with significant distress, neither intervention group displayed consistently decreased procedural distress or increased use of child behavior management strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-48
Number of pages26
JournalChildren's Health Care
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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