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Intrusive Questionnaire Covertly Given To 13-Year-Old Daughter by Pediatrician
Massachusetts News ^ | 3/11/2002 | Ed Oliver

Posted on 03/11/2002 6:01:24 PM PST by Bowana

Intrusive Questionnaire Covertly Given To 13-Year-Old Daughter by Pediatrician

Read the questionnaire

When Diane Neeley took her 13-year-old daughter Amanda for a check-up at Pediatric Health Care Associates in Peabody recently, she became angry when the nurse covertly gave the girl an intrusive questionnaire.

It was the first time they had gone to that doctor who was listed in the health care directory of their provider, SIGNA PPO.

"My daughter was sickened and felt horribly violated to being asked such questions," she says. The daughter told her, "These are not things that you ask people like me. I'm only 13 years old, for heaven's sake."

Neely told the pediatrician how offended she was and that she did not appreciate the office giving anything to her daughter behind her back.

The doctor replied, according to Neely, state law requires that all children are treated as if they are promiscuous and doctors have every right to offer sexual advice, birth control, etc. without parental permission.

Neely says, "I am so sickened. My daughter is a sweet, innocent girl who believes in God and never even dreamed of the horrible things she was asked."

She said her daughter has attended a Christian school in New Hampshire since fifth grade.

The form asks for information about guns in the home, fighting in the home, friends' behavior, sex and drug activity, etc.

Nev Moore from the parents' rights group, Justice for Families, tells MassNews, "This questionnaire is not only invasive, it is deliberately designed to undermine parental authority and decision-making, without the parents even being aware of it. In addition, it is a sneaky device used to manipulate children to unwittingly disclose information about their homes and parents that can then be distorted and used to open the door for the state to enter our homes and lives and take control of them."

Not State Law

MassNews was interested in finding out what state law mandates an intrusive questionnaire to a young girl at the doctor's office without her parent's knowledge. We also wanted to know what the relevance some of the questions were to a check-up, and whether DSS was behind this form in any way.

The pediatrician, Dr. Miriam Dunau, did not return repeated calls from MassNews seeking comment. MassNews even visited her office, but she would not come out to discuss the matter. The receptionist gave the reporter the name and contact number for "Neal Stephany," the supervisor located at another office. Pediatric Health Care Associates has 6 offices in the area. Stephany would not return calls either. The head of nursing, Ann Costa, also did not return calls.

MassNews called the Mass. Board of Registration in Medicine, which regulates doctors, to find out if there is a requirement to interrogate children with an intrusive questionnaire.

Spokesperson Claudette Houle told MassNews the Board of Registration does not have any regulation associated with teen questionnaires.

According to Neeley, Dr. Dunau later called her and said it was inappropriate to send a reporter to "harass" her and turn the incident into a big circus.

Neeley answered that it was inappropriate for the doctor to give an intrusive questionnaire to her daughter behind her back.

According to Neeley, the doctor then told her she must have misunderstood about the form or else Dunau didn't explain it right during their argument that day. The questionnaire, she said, was a clinic form and not required by state law. She said the law does permit them to ask about and dispense contraceptives, and if she objects to the questions on the form, she has the right to go elsewhere.

"She changed her story," said Neeley, who is considering filing a complaint with the Board of Registration in Medicine. "All of a sudden there is no state law." She said she not only objects to the questions, but at the very top of the form they go behind her back.

Neeley says, "Now my eyes are open." She hopes other parents will also be on the lookout for snooping by their doctors.


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This questionnaire asks questions like:

Have you ever been hit or injured?

Is there any conflict of fighting in your home?

Have you ever had sex?

Do you or Does anyone you know drive after drinking or using drugs or have you ever ridden with a driver who has used drugs or alcohol?

Have you ever had unwanted sexual contact?

Is there a gun in your home?

Do you or anyone you know ever carry a weapon?

The questionnaire starts out by saying that the youth doesn't have to tell their parents about this survey and there is a check box the child can check as to whether or not their parents will be told!

BE VERY CAREFUL ABOUT WHAT YOUR CHILD IS EXPOSED TO WHEN GOING TO THE DOCTOR!

This is completely out of line and the medical profession needs to be put in their place on this one!

1 posted on 03/11/2002 6:01:24 PM PST by Bowana
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To: Bowana
"She changed her story," said Neeley, who is considering filing a complaint with the Board of Registration in Medicine. "All of a sudden there is no state law." She said she not only objects to the questions, but at the very top of the form they go behind her back.

What are the odds that the doc is being paid to help out with somebody's research study, and it blew up?

2 posted on 03/11/2002 6:07:02 PM PST by SauronOfMordor
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To: Bowana
If any doctor or nurse tries to pull this crap with any kid of mine, I'll kick their ass around the block for drill.
3 posted on 03/11/2002 6:08:10 PM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: Bowana
Why are you so upset? After all, doesn't it take a village to raise a child?
4 posted on 03/11/2002 6:08:15 PM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: SauronOfMordor
What are the odds that the doc is being paid to help out with somebody's research study, and it blew up?

Much lower than the odds that someone, somewhere in government decided this was a neat way to snoop on parents by interrogating innocent children without adult guidance and certainly without legal counsel.

5 posted on 03/11/2002 6:12:21 PM PST by ez
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To: Bowana
Well don't go to this doctor any more. Questions pertaining to possible health related issues, even sexual related ones are sometimes necessary; Especially by SOME 13 year olds. If its too intrusive don't use that person unless your looking for the legal lotto...
6 posted on 03/11/2002 6:12:28 PM PST by Rockiesrider
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
And I hope I'm on the jury if you get caught.

NOT GUILTY, your Honor!

7 posted on 03/11/2002 6:12:52 PM PST by GuillermoX
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
Ditto if they ask my grandkids the same. I can afford a couple months in the can, my son in laws can't. :-}
8 posted on 03/11/2002 6:18:46 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: ez
That list of questions sounds familiar. I've seen another (maybe more than one other) account about the same or similar questionaires being handed out by pediatricians, at schools, what have you. I'm not sure that the state government was directly involved.
9 posted on 03/11/2002 6:19:53 PM PST by VietVet
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To: doc on the bay
Your thoughts ?
10 posted on 03/11/2002 6:21:34 PM PST by michaelje
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To: Bowana
As I say, neo-Puritanical Liberalism and Islamic fundamentalism are very much alike. Liberals would love to establish the Taliban in America--under their control. In fact, like the Talibani, they want to control everything. The foundation of Liberalism is the belief that all problems would resolve if only a well-meaning oligarchy were in control of everything; and they see themselves in control of that oligarchy.
11 posted on 03/11/2002 6:21:36 PM PST by Savage Beast
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To: GuillermoX
Everywhere you go now you hear the excuse "We have to do this because the state law says so."

This goes as far as mandatory tips on parties of 6 or more at a restaurant. I was told that the state law dictated that sales tax was to be collected on tips too if the tip was part of the total bill.

As citizens I think we have to challenge anyone and everyone to produce the written law they are citing right on the spot. If they can't comply with the law they're enforcing in writing, then we don't comply. Tell them go to hell.

Time for the sheeple to scream.

12 posted on 03/11/2002 6:21:55 PM PST by George from New England
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To: Bowana
I know -- next time around, have your own set of questions for the M.D. and his nurse asking them about their own sexual life experiences, sexual preference, experimentation with drugs, alcohol intake, etc., etc., etc. You can't be too picky about your child's doctor. Oh yes -- do they have a gun in the house?
13 posted on 03/11/2002 6:24:26 PM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Bowana
doctors have every right to offer sexual advice, birth control, etc. without parental permission.

And I have every right to punch the socialist busybody in the nose and tell them it's none of their g*@ d#@%&d business.

14 posted on 03/11/2002 6:28:13 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants
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To: Bowana
Lets freep the doc.
15 posted on 03/11/2002 6:35:02 PM PST by TLBSHOW
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To: Mr. Lucky
Why are you so upset? After all, doesn't it take a village to raise a child?

The left means to say it takes a village to make a child. They leave the rasing (which should be said rearing) to the committee. This goes all the way back to Plato.

16 posted on 03/11/2002 6:36:37 PM PST by LoneRangerMassachusetts
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To: Bowana
Communist bastards.

This country is rapidly turning into a police state and our Founding Fathers are turning over in their graves.

17 posted on 03/11/2002 6:38:24 PM PST by Mulder
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To: Bowana
You know, it's not just children. This may sound weird, but I'm 42 years old and I went to my doctor about a stomach problem. He gave me a questionaire all about sex! It was so weird. I wouldn't even write what these questions asked, but I told him that I didn't understand what this had to do with my stomach ache. He implied that many women have ailments that are caused by sexual frustration! I kid you not. I didn't fill out the form and never went back to that quack.
18 posted on 03/11/2002 6:39:32 PM PST by Hildy
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To: Bowana
Time to turn the tables - use a liberal play - lawsuit city!

I know it's irrational - but maybe parents should start doing something about this crap. Scream bloody murder! Call the news papers / TV stations. Sling completely false and racial tinted accusations. When you get on camera, cry. Tell the world that your precious child was done irreparable harm by this obviously biased (all kids - ?), institutional discrimination.

Oh, sorry – you are in one of “those” states that has already sold your soul for the collective good.

I apologize for the sarcasm. I would have had several veins burst by now had this been my baby girl.

Anyone catch the Shawn Hannity show today – the Mom calling in about what the teacher said to her 9 yr old son for what he wrote?

Talk about institutionalized discrimination – we, as conservatives, are on the receiving end.

LVM

19 posted on 03/11/2002 6:41:19 PM PST by LasVegasMac
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To: ez
That's how these dirtbags operate. These scummy tactics have worked well in the public schools, so now the marxist-libs have decided to branch out. It's a lot harder to slip it to the kiddies with those pesky parents around.
20 posted on 03/11/2002 6:41:53 PM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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