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Parental Information Seeking Following a Positive Newborn Screening for Cystic Fibrosis

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This investigation focused on the information-seeking behaviors of parents (N = 38) whose newborn had received a positive screening result for cystic fibrosis. Roughly half of the participants actively sought information about their child's potential disease prior to the clinic visit. The most common sources of information were the Internet, pediatricians, and family physicians. Analysis of behavior during the clinic visit showed rates of question asking that were judged as low, but they were comparable to the results of other studies. It was observed that parents occasionally would collaborate in the production of a single question. More educated parents tended to produce such questions more frequently. Importantly, frequency of collaborative questions was positively correlated with enhanced knowledge of cystic fibrosis six weeks after the clinic visit and with apparent dissatisfaction with the counseling interaction.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Communication Arts & Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, USA 2: Department of Speech Communication, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA 3: Department of Communication, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, USA 4: Department of Pediatrics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Publication date: 2010-12-01

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