This paper presents a qualitative study aimed at exploring the role of health-care professionals inhospitalized children’s emotional experiences. A total of 27 children and adolescents from ages 6to 15 years admitted to the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology ward of an Italian hospital participatedin the study. Each participant was asked to talk about an emotional experience of happiness,anger, sadness and fear, felt in the presence of a doctor or nurse on the ward. Theemotional tales were coded and analyzed qualitatively. The results showed that all the emotionsconsidered were experienced when the staff was present, nurses in particular. Doctors and nursesplayed a role of active participants, encouraging children’s emotions, especially for happy events.More research is needed to clarify the role of the staff in supporting children to cope with negativeemotions.

Speaking about emotional events in hospital: The role of healthcare professionals in children’s emotional experiences.

Majorano, Marinella
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2015

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This paper presents a qualitative study aimed at exploring the role of health-care professionals inhospitalized children’s emotional experiences. A total of 27 children and adolescents from ages 6to 15 years admitted to the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology ward of an Italian hospital participatedin the study. Each participant was asked to talk about an emotional experience of happiness,anger, sadness and fear, felt in the presence of a doctor or nurse on the ward. Theemotional tales were coded and analyzed qualitatively. The results showed that all the emotionsconsidered were experienced when the staff was present, nurses in particular. Doctors and nursesplayed a role of active participants, encouraging children’s emotions, especially for happy events.More research is needed to clarify the role of the staff in supporting children to cope with negativeemotions.
nurse child interaction; nurse child relationship; child's representation
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