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The association of children's distress during venepuncture with parent and staff behaviours

The association of children's distress during venepuncture with parent and staff behaviours

Thompson, Susan, Ayers, Susan, Pervilhac, Charlotte, Mahoney, Liam and Seddon, Paul (2015) The association of children's distress during venepuncture with parent and staff behaviours. Journal of Child Health Care, 20 (3). pp. 267-276. ISSN 1367-4935 (Print), 1741-2889 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/1367493515598643)

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Abstract

Venepuncture and other needle-related procedures can distress children and have a lasting negative impact. Adults’ behaviour during these procedures may affect children’s reactions. However, the literature is contradictory and rarely considers verbal and non-verbal behaviour together. This study therefore examined the effect of adults’ verbal and non-verbal behaviour on children’s distress during venepuncture. Participants comprised 51 child and carer dyads and 10 staff members. Child anxiety was measured before the procedure. The procedure was recorded. The resulting audio-visual data were coded using the Child–Adult Medical Procedure Interaction Scale–Revised. Correlation analysis identified variables that were significantly associated with child distress: child anxiety, carer distress-promoting behaviour, staff distress-promoting behaviour and intimate distance. These were included in a path diagram of child distress. Exploration of the diagram identified that children’s anxiety was mostly strongly associated with children’s distress during venepuncture. Staff and carer behaviour did not increase children’s distress. The results suggest interventions to reduce children’s distress during venepuncture may be more effective if they focus on reducing children’s anxiety beforehand.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Anxiety, child distress, conceptual model, distress-promoting behaviour, venepuncture
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Adult Nursing & Paramedic Science
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2016 10:40
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/15538

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