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ERIC Number: ED190255
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Children's Perceptions of Medical and Psychological Disorders in Their Peers.
Roberts, Michael C.; And Others
The present investigation examined how children viewed imaginary peers who were described as suffering from various forms of medical or psychological disorders. Four written vignettes were employed, each describing imaginary children who varied on dimensions of type of disorder (Medical/Psychological) and severity of the problem (Mild/Severe). Thirty-four boys and girls, aged 9-13 years, read the four vignettes and completed a written questionnaire assessing their evaluations of each character in terms of diagnosis, etiology, prognosis, effective treatment strategies, and desirability of the described peer as a friend. The results indicated that children can discriminate between medical and psychological disorders in terms of the above factors. Interestingly, the data indicated that children viewed an acting-out peer (i.e., the Mild-Psychological vignette) as having more severe problems than an hallucinating child (i.e., the Severe-Psychological vignette). (Author/SS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association (Washington, DC, March 26-31, 1980).