Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica
On-line version ISSN 1678-7153
NUNES, Cristina. Pediatricians' ideas about child development and education. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2011, vol.24, n.4, pp. 765-772. ISSN 1678-7153. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-79722011000400017.
In Andalusia (Spain), pediatricians are the main formal counseling source about children's development and education. Unfortunately, there is a limited knowledge about their ideas, practices and skills to guide parents. In this study, through the content analysis of 26 pediatrician interviews, we describe their ideas and goals about anticipatory guidance. We also analyze their perceptions about parental practices and the educative messages given to parents. The results show that pediatrician agenda focus mainly on bio-medical issues, such as nutrition, accident prevention and growth monitoring. Child development and education are not priorities and issues like psychomotor development and language are only approached to fill out medical records.
Keywords : Pediatricians' Ideas; Parental Practices; Child Development; Child Education.