Gender differences in infirmary use at a residential summer camp

Title

Gender differences in infirmary use at a residential summer camp

Creator

Rudolf MC; Tomanovich O; Greenberg J; Friend L; Alario AJ

Publisher

Journal Of Developmental And Behavioral Pediatrics

Date

1992

Subject

Child; Female; Humans; Male; Patient Acceptance of Health Care; Morbidity; New England; adolescent; Gender Identity; Camping; Child Health Services/utilization

Description

Studies of health behavior in adults show that women report more morbidity and greater health service utilization than do men, despite lower mortality rates. Explanations involve social and biological gender differences in adult life. Infirmary utilization at a residential summer camp where parental influence is minimized was studied to determine whether these gender differences occur in the pediatric age group. Three hundred ninety-eight campers, 8 to 18 years old were studied. Girls were observed to make greater use of the infirmary than boys (p less than .01) and were especially likely to present with minor trauma, both musculoskeletal (p less than .05) and skin (p less than .01). No correlation was found between age and frequency of visits. Obvious morbidity was similar for boys and girls, in that no gender difference was observed in those visiting for definite medical indications alone or in those admitted. However, a difference was evident in those visiting for minor and trivial problems, particularly in those making three or more visits for minor and trivial problems (p less than .01). Although obvious morbidity was no different in campers, girls used the infirmary more than boys in a manner similar to that reported for adult health behavior. This suggests that gender differences occur earlier than suspected and are not simply related to adult social roles.
1992

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

261-265

Issue

4

Volume

13

Citation

Rudolf MC; Tomanovich O; Greenberg J; Friend L; Alario AJ, “Gender differences in infirmary use at a residential summer camp,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed October 20, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/11992.

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