| Home | E-Submission | Sitemap | Contact Us |  
Child Health Nurs Res > Volume 15(1):2009 > Article
Journal of Korean Academy of Child Health Nursing 2009;15(1):53-60.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4094/jkachn.2009.15.1.53
Analysis of Metacommunicative Episodes between Nurses and Children.
Hyunsook Shin
Kyung Hee Univestiy, & Investigator, East-west Nursing Research Institute, Korea. hsshin@khu.ac.kr
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to analyze metacommunicative episodes comprised of nurses' metacommunicative behavior and children's responses occurring in the dyads of nurse-child within the context of an inpatient pediatric unit. METHODS: Twelve dyads of nurses and children were videotaped for four hours each day over a two-day period as they interacted with each other on the inpatient unit. The metacommunicative episodes were recorded from the videotapes. The metacommunicative behavior was categorized within Shin's metacommunicative behaviors. RESULTS: The total number of episodes between the nurses and children included in this study was 242. The most frequently used metacommunicative behavior was 'reflection', followed by tagging, baby talk, approaching, mediating eye level, friendly demand, encouraging, description of acts, symbolization, turnabouts, touching, and mimic voice, respectively. The most common response to the nurses' metacommunicative behavior was agreeing, followed by tension release. CONCLUSION: Young children responded positively to metacommunicative behavior by the nurses. Understanding metacommunicative behavior may help nurses approach their young patients more easily and with confidence.
Key words: Communication; Nurse-patient interaction; Nurse-patient relationship; Child nursing; Child behaviour
Editorial Office
Department of Nursing, Catholic Kwandong University, Gangneung, Republic of Korea
Tel: +82-33-649-7614   Fax: +82-33-649-7620, E-mail: agneskim@cku.ac.kr
About |  Browse Articles |  Current Issue |  For Authors and Reviewers
Copyright © 2015 by Korean Academy of Child Health Nursing.     Developed in M2PI