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ERIC Number: ED544662
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
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Technology Stereotypes Broken when Children's Health Involved. FPG Snapshot. Number 52. March 2008
FPG Child Development Institute
When it comes to people's perceptions of internet usage, stereotypes prevail. There is the assumption that people living in poverty and those with less education do not log on. It is true that their numbers are lower than those of individuals with higher education and incomes, but these statistics may not paint the whole picture. In some cases, extenuating circumstances, such as health condition, increases Internet use among those with lower incomes and educations. A study of mothers of children with genetic disorders found that the Internet served as a major resource in parents' quests for diagnosis, prognosis, treatments, services, and supports. Researchers set out to examine how parents with a child with or at risk for having a genetic disorder sought out, understood, and interpreted information to make healthcare decisions. Researchers began by observing interactions between the family and medical genetics staff during a child's first visit to the genetic counseling clinic. This observation was followed by four interviews over a two-year period. The major findings from this study are presented in this document.
FPG Child Development Institute. University of North Carolina, Publications Office, CB# 8185, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8185. Tel: 919-966-0857; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, FPG Child Development Institute