Skip to comments.Intrusive Questionnaire Covertly Given To 13-Year-Old Daughter by Pediatrician
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.
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!
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.
NOT GUILTY, your Honor!
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.
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.
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.
This country is rapidly turning into a police state and our Founding Fathers are turning over in their graves.
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.
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