When "don't worry" communicates fear: Children's perceptions of parental reassurance and distraction during a painful medical procedure.

@article{McMurtry2010WhenW,
  title={When "don't worry" communicates fear: Children's perceptions of parental reassurance and distraction during a painful medical procedure.},
  author={C Meghan McMurtry and Christine T Chambers and Patrick J. McGrath and Elissa Asp},
  journal={Pain},
  year={2010},
  volume={150 1},
  pages={52-8}
}
Children's distress during painful medical procedures is strongly influenced by adult behavior. Adult reassurance (e.g., "it's okay") is associated with increased child distress whereas distraction is associated with increased child coping. It is unknown why reassurance shows this counterintuitive relationship with child distress. The present research investigated whether children perceive their parents as fearful when they reassure using complementary observational and experimental… CONTINUE READING
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