Although it is common-place to describe mothers as'experts'about their own children there has been little examination of the nature of mothers'expertise in the assessment of their sick children.
In this paper mothers'accounts of occasions when they believed that they knew that their children were unwell are reported.
Mothers also described how it could be difficult to convince health professionals that their concerns were justified.
These accounts were obtained during a qualitative study of the experiences of parents of 24 children hospitalised on a surgical ward.
The nature of maternal and professional knowledge is considered and it is suggested that conflicts arise from the different nature of maternal knowledge, which develops in the'private'domain of intimate contact and professional knowledge which is based in the'public'domain of the world of work.
These differences are illustrated by problems experienced by mothers and nurses in the integration of their different knowledge in assessments of children's pain.
Implications for practitioners involved in the care of sick children are considered.
Mots-clés Pascal : Douleur, Enfant, Homme, Hospitalisation, Connaissance, Mère, Personnel sanitaire, Conflit, Coopération, Relation interindividuelle, Relation intergroupe, Interaction sociale, Relation soignant famille
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Pain, Child, Human, Hospitalization, Knowledge, Mother, Health staff, Conflict, Cooperation, Interindividual relation, Intergroup relation, Social interaction, Health staff family relation
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0226368
Code Inist : 002A26N06. Création : 11/06/1997.