Title

Pediatric Medical Experiences and Medical Care Avoidance During Adulthood

Document Type

Poster

Campus where you would like to present

Ellensburg

Event Website

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source

Start Date

18-5-2020

Abstract

Various researchers have studied both pediatric medical experiences and adult medical care avoidance previously. However, research aimed at identifying an association between the two does not seem to exist. Using online survey methodology disseminated through social media platforms, this study recruited a convenience sample of 168 participants between the ages of 19 and 85 years old. Participants completed an online survey consisting of two separate scales to measure participants perceived pediatric medical experiences and later medical care avoidance during adulthood. Associations were identified between the two variables where participants who reported more negative pediatric medical experiences also reported higher levels medical care avoidance within their last year of adulthood. Age and Gender were found to moderate the association where males were more likely to avoid the hospital during adulthood in association to pediatric medical experiences than women and emerging adults (19-25) more so than older adults (26-85). These findings imply a greater need for child life services during pediatric medical care in order to weaken the long-term association with medical care avoidance during adulthood.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Amy Claridge

Department/Program

Family & Consumer Sciences

Additional Mentoring Department

https://cwu.studentopportunitycenter.com/2020/04/pediatric-medical-experiences-and-medical-care-avoidance-during-adulthood/

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May 18th, 12:00 PM

Pediatric Medical Experiences and Medical Care Avoidance During Adulthood

Ellensburg

Various researchers have studied both pediatric medical experiences and adult medical care avoidance previously. However, research aimed at identifying an association between the two does not seem to exist. Using online survey methodology disseminated through social media platforms, this study recruited a convenience sample of 168 participants between the ages of 19 and 85 years old. Participants completed an online survey consisting of two separate scales to measure participants perceived pediatric medical experiences and later medical care avoidance during adulthood. Associations were identified between the two variables where participants who reported more negative pediatric medical experiences also reported higher levels medical care avoidance within their last year of adulthood. Age and Gender were found to moderate the association where males were more likely to avoid the hospital during adulthood in association to pediatric medical experiences than women and emerging adults (19-25) more so than older adults (26-85). These findings imply a greater need for child life services during pediatric medical care in order to weaken the long-term association with medical care avoidance during adulthood.

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source/2020/CEPS/54