A qualitative evaluation of the challenges faced by dieticians when interviewing children

Sharman, Stefanie J., Powell, Martine B. and Skouteris, Helen 2016, A qualitative evaluation of the challenges faced by dieticians when interviewing children, Appetite, vol. 100, pp. 80-85, doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2016.02.014.

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Title A qualitative evaluation of the challenges faced by dieticians when interviewing children
Author(s) Sharman, Stefanie J.ORCID iD for Sharman, Stefanie J. orcid.org/0000-0002-0635-047X
Powell, Martine B.ORCID iD for Powell, Martine B. orcid.org/0000-0001-5092-1308
Skouteris, Helen
Journal name Appetite
Volume number 100
Start page 80
End page 85
Total pages 6
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2016-05-01
ISSN 1095-8304
Keyword(s) Children
Health professionals
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Behavioral Sciences
Nutrition & Dietetics
Summary BACKGROUND: Investigative interviewing is a critical and challenging skill involved in the assessment and design of appropriate interventions for children's dietary problems. The current study provided an evaluation of the challenges faced by professional dieticians when conducting child investigative interviews, in the hope that this would provide a framework for the development of further guidance and resources in this important area. METHODS: Fourteen professional dieticians were interviewed; they were asked about the information that they needed to elicit from children in particular situations and the questions that they would ask to do so. They were also asked to describe the strengths and limitations of the techniques that they used. RESULTS: The results revealed that professionals faced three main challenges. The first challenge was eliciting information from children who did not want to answer questions. The second challenge was determining the level of accuracy in children's (and caregivers') responses. The third challenge was eliciting very specific information in particular situations, such as determining the cause of an allergic reaction. CONCLUSIONS: Overall, professionals had difficulty articulating the questions that they would use to elicit the information that they required; indeed, their responses focused more on the content that they wanted to elicit (such as specific details) rather than the overall process that they would use to do so. Professionals may benefit from the development of guidelines to assist them in their interviews with children, based on what is currently known about interviewing children generally.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.appet.2016.02.014
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
111102 Dietetics and Nutrigenomics
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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