Pediatricians' perceptions of their behavioral and developmental training

Douglas C Breunlin*, Barton J. Mann, Anthony Richtsmeier, Zena Lillian, Joel S. Richman, Toni Bernotas

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Eighty graduates of a pediatric residency that required training in behavior and development completed a survey of their perceptions regarding the quality of this training, the utility of behavior and development for modern pediatric practice, their competence in applying behavior and development knowledge, and their desire to pursue additional training in behavior and development. Surveys were completed 1 to 5 years (mean = 3.4 years) after graduation from the residency program. Graduates consistently rated child development and anticipatory guidance/counseling as the areas that were best taught, most useful, and in which they felt the most competent. The highest ratings of behavioral/developmental pediatrics (BDP) competence and usefulness were from graduates who received additional BDP training after residency. However, a large percentage of graduates did not endorse the usefulness of several dimensions of behavior and development that have been considered integral components of training. Implications and limitations of the present study are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-169
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1990


  • Child development
  • Psychosocial issues
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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