Adolescent Disclosure

By Linda Summers.

Published by The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society

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Article: Print $US10.00
Published Online: April 29, 2016 $US5.00

Assessing the health status of adolescents is challenging for health care providers. Technical excellence and comprehensive medical knowledge are not enough for adequately assessing adolescent health. Recent interest in improving patient/health care provider communication and increasing patient disclosure has led many in health care to seek out theories and methods to assist in this endeavor. This study compared the effects of story-centered care to standard care on adolescent disclosure in an urgent care setting, expecting that story-centered care would increase disclosure. The health care provider–adolescent word use ratio (1.3 to 1) in story-centered care suggested that adolescents talked more than when they received standard care (2.7 to 1). Gender differences in word use when writing about a pressing concern was also studied. There were gender intervention differences (p < .01) in use of past tense and positive emotion words.

Keywords: Adolescent, Disclosure, Story-Centered Care, Adolescent Health Status

The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, Volume 6, Issue 2, June 2016, pp.39-56. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: April 29, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 834.342KB)).

Dr. Linda Summers

Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA