'I Didn't Even Know You Cared About That Stuff'

Youths' Perceptions of Health Care Provider Roles in Addressing Bullying

Judith A. Vessey, PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN; Rachel L. DiFazio, PhD, RN, PPCNP-BC, FAAN; Tania D. Strout, PhD, RN, MS


J Pediatr Health Care. 2017;31(5):536-545. 

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It is vitally important that the perceptions of the youths for whom we care are assessed and addressed if contextually meaningful preventive health care is to be provided. The issues identified during these focus groups underscore that youths see little room for the involvement of advanced practice nurses and other health care providers for health concerns not perceived as directly related to their general well-being. Evidence-based strategies to help both adolescents and providers develop more robust expectations around collaboration during preventive health care, including discussion of sensitive topics, is needed. In addition, the information shared provides the necessary groundwork needed to create a nexus of formalized screening and intervention strategies appropriate for routine use in primary care settings. The identification and implementation of such strategies will help improve adolescent well-being while mitigating the short- and long-term sequelae that often result from bullying.