Home is for caring, school is for learning: Qualitative data from child graduates of INSIGHTS

Edilma L. Yearwood, Sandee McClowry

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Topic: Parent-child communication behaviors. PURPOSE: The goal of this naturalistic study was to learn more about the communication behaviors that exist between school-aged inner-city minority children who completed a temperament-based intervention study and the significant adults in their life. A paucity of information exists about the communication processes in this population; therefore, this paper addresses this gap. Method: A grounded theory approach was used for data collection and analysis. Data were obtained from multiple sources including individual and group interviews of 36 first and second graders from three inner-city elementary schools, their parents, and teachers. Data triangulation, member-check, and independent audit supported trustworthiness and credibility of findings. Findings: Child communication behaviors involved being able to read the environment, respect others, do the right thing, and know how best to talk with others. Child findings were congruent with parent and teacher data and indicated that communication was driven by concerns for safety and community violence potential and embedded within strong cultural beliefs. Conclusions: Nurses are in a unique position to educate both parents and children about the importance of developing and maintaining positive communication behaviors with each other. Positive communication behaviors may serve as a protective factor in promoting child safety in inner-city minority children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)238-245
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2008


  • Inner-city
  • Minority children
  • Parent-child communication and temperament
  • Respect
  • Safety
  • School-aged children

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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