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Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work




Diagnosis, Recollection (Psychology), Sick children



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1 online resource (71 p.)


The present study was an investigation of recall following presentation of diagnostic information. The setting was the Crippled Children's Division of the University of Oregon Medical School. The purpose of the study was to test the hypothesis that one session conferencing imparting diagnostic information to parents of handicapped children reduces recall. Additionally, it was hypothesized that multi-discipline conferencing is related to greater diagnostic recall than single discipline conferencing. The sample was made up of 20 parent units whose children were evaluated at the Crippled Children's Division for suspected Cerebral Palsy and/or Mental Retardation. There were ten families from the Cerebral Palsy Clinic and ten from the Mental Retardation Clinic. Three comparisons were made: (1) The amount of information presented at the staffing session was the baseline against which the amount of information imparted at the parent conference was compared. (2) The amount of information imparted at the parent conference was compared with the amount of information that was recalled six weeks later at the follow up interview. (3) The amount of information recalled at the time of the follow up interview was compared with the staffing information in order to determine the loss of diagnostic information. The results supported the hypotheses. Diagnostic congruence was by far, more the exception than the rule Implications suggest that additional follow up services are necessary.


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