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Children's attitudes and beliefs about illness and medicines: A triangulation of open-ended and semi-structured interviews

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The findings of an open-ended drawing interview about an illness episode and a semi-structured interview about a fever episode were triangulated to address four research questions. As they picked up their children from summer day camp, parents or guardians of 7- or 10-year olds were asked to consent to participation in the study. This represented a convenience sample of 73 American children. Fifty-seven of the 73 children's drawing interviews were analyzed. All participants were white and middle-class; the consent rate was 97%. The two methods showed that the children were familiar with contagion as a propagator of illness. Ten years old children talked more about germs; 7- year olds described the carriers of disease as responsible agents in infectious diseases. The older children described medicines in more adult terms, such as generic and brand names and indications for use. Younger children were more apt to describe medicines' subjective sensory aspects.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftJournal of Social and Administrative Pharmacy
Vol/bind14
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)26-38
Antal sider13
ISSN0281-0662
StatusUdgivet - 1 jan. 1997

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