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Parental Factors Associated With Injudicious Antibiotic-seeking Behavior

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Objectives : To discover factors associated with parental antibiotic-seeking behavior.

Methods : Parents (N 90) who had a child 14 years and under participated in the study.

Results : ANOVA revealed differences in scores based on parent's age and whether parents had a job in the medical profession. A stepwise linear regression revealed that parents in the medical profession and parent income were significant predictors of antibiotic-seeking behavior.

Conclusions : Parents who were younger than 30, had a high school diploma or less, did not work in the medical profession, and made less than 50,000 were more likely to follow injudicious antibiotic-seeking behavior.

Keywords: antibiotic-seeking behavior; antibiotics; injudicious use; parental knowledge

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1 Senior Research Project Coordinator, School of Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta, GA.

Publication date: 2010-09-01

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