About half of parents say they wouldn’t report their children’s anxiety, temper tantrums or homework troubles to a physician, according to a survey by the University of Michigan Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health. This is a problem, stated the researchers, because too many parents evidently do not “understand their role” in helping identify such “medical” problems.
“Temper, Anxiety, Homework Trouble Are Medical Issues? Many Parents Don’t Realize It,” headlined a University of Michigan press release about the survey of some 1,200 parents, and the resulting report. “While more than 60 percent of parents definitely would talk to the doctor if their child was extremely sad for more than a month, only half would discuss temper tantrums that seemed worse than peers or if their child seemed more worried or anxious than normal. Just 37 percent would tell the doctor if their child had trouble organizing homework.”
“Findings from this National Poll indicate that many parents do not fully understand their role in helping to identify child behavioral issues,” stated the report.
“The reason for parents’ reluctance to discuss is also seen in poll findings: Nearly half of parents believe that behavior and emotions are not medical problems.” That is a “common misconception,” stated the report — without providing any citations or referring to any evidence for the assertion.
Temper, Anxiety, Homework Trouble Are Medical Issues? Many Parents Don’t Realize It (University of Michigan Health System press release on Newswise, May 18, 2015)
Many parents missing the link between child behavior and health (University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health, May 18, 2015)