Pediatricians' training and identification and management of psychosocial problems

Philip J. Leaf, Pamela L. Owens, John M. Leventhal, Brian W.C. Forsyth, Michael Vaden-Kiernan, Leonardo D. Epstein, Anne W. Riley, Sarah M. Horwitz

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Abstract

This study evaluated the association of pediatrician training on the identification and management of current and ongoing emotional or behavioral problems among children ages 4-8 years in 19 practices in south-central Connecticut. Pediatricians with advanced training in psychosocial issues were more likely to identify children's psychosocial problems and use multiple management strategies compared with pediatricians with no specialized training. Although pediatricians with moderate training in psychosocial issues were more likely to identify psychosocial problems compared with pediatricians with no training, there was no relationship between moderate training and management of psychosocial problems. These results suggest that identification and management of young children's psychosocial problems demands advanced training and support the American Academy of Pediatrics' call for more extensive training.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)355-365
Number of pages11
JournalClinical Pediatrics
Volume43
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 May 2004
Externally publishedYes

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