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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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To: Bowana
#25 Do you wear a helmet during outdoor activities?

Oh my god...I nearly died...muhahahah. Unreal. I can see it now...new codes will force us to make buildings out of foam, no one will be allowed to go outside without a helmet. Children must wear a helmet at all times as well as ballistic mittens....they will take all of our forks and knives and issue government approved rubber spoons....Utopia is just around the corner...

LOL

21 posted on 03/11/2002 6:42:38 PM PST by antaresequity
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To: Hildy
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!

That is spooky! I think this guy was cruising for a piece of your ass. What a goof!

22 posted on 03/11/2002 6:43:55 PM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity
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To: Bowana
When I took my daughter to any Dr. appointment I never left her side. I cannot believe the gall of some people!!!
23 posted on 03/11/2002 6:45:52 PM PST by Clintons Are White Trash
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To: Bowana
Last August I took my then 12 year old grandson to the doctor for a shot that is required before starting Jr High School. I went in the room with him just because of this crap. The nurse started hinting around about his home life (his mom & dad both work) and I said we were there for his shot in my best A hole voice. Shot given, no more questions.
24 posted on 03/11/2002 6:48:42 PM PST by tubebender
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To: Mulder
As disturbing as this questionaire is, I am more concerned as to where the information is sent and studied once it is collected. Does anyone know if this question was ever asked of this wonderful healer?
25 posted on 03/11/2002 6:53:14 PM PST by Desron13
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To: Bowana
Is anyone suprised that Socialist Medicine breeds a communistic, intrusive, entity?
26 posted on 03/11/2002 6:53:23 PM PST by MissAmericanPie
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To: TLBSHOW
Well welcome to Amerika! Let's FReep everyone!

.A child is now routinely asked these questions.The police/fire dept/social service agency visit the classroom, "How many guns does your family have?Where are they kept?How many extinguishers are there in your home? How many windows?What is your family safety plan? How many people visit your home?Who are your parents friends?Do grownups spank you?Are you ever afraid? Do people hurt your feelings? Do you need help? etc .etc.etc.

Welcome to Amerika!

27 posted on 03/11/2002 6:57:26 PM PST by sarasmom
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To: TLBSHOW
Alredy started with the Mass. News - time to find an address for the quack.

LVM

28 posted on 03/11/2002 6:57:58 PM PST by LasVegasMac
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To: Desron13
As disturbing as this questionaire is, I am more concerned as to where the information is sent and studied once it is collected. Does anyone know if this question was ever asked of this wonderful healer?

I think it depends on how the kid answers question #21 on the list.

29 posted on 03/11/2002 6:58:28 PM PST by Mulder
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To: Bowana
The questionairre we got in Michigan last fall was worse. Besides the same kind of questions as on yours, it asked if she had ever had a homosexual experience or desires or if any of her friends had. Also asked if her friends have had sex or not. Asked if she masturbated or not. Outrage!
30 posted on 03/11/2002 6:59:28 PM PST by MomwithHope
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To: Bowana
This sounds so familiar. A few years ago a (Massachusetts) pediatrician tried to pull something like this with my 13 year old daughter. Also covertly told her that any time she wanted birth control pills she could have them without my knowledge or approval. My daughter informed me 5 minutes after we got in the car. (She didn't tell me immediately because she knew I would have inflicted damage on the woman.) She also told my daughter that marijuana probably wouldn't hurt her asthma. Yes, I did complain. No, I did not go back. I don't know what it is about these docs! Guess they think they know better than everybody else.
31 posted on 03/11/2002 7:00:20 PM PST by ladyjane
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To: sarasmom
don't know what state you live, not routine here.

LVM

32 posted on 03/11/2002 7:07:52 PM PST by LasVegasMac
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To: Savage Beast
Wow! "Neo-Puritanical Liberalism." You really sum up the nature of the modern left in a most descriptive way. You mind if I use that?

I've thought for a long time, that the politically correct, eviro-socialists were really acting out of quasi religious motivations. Especially these bubble-brained 20 somethings that are "into saving the environment". People need to feel like they are part of something larger than themselves and since religion is now "dumb", "working to protect the environment" and for "Social Justice" have taken their place. The amazing thing is that they think they are the tolarant ones. Sheesh!

33 posted on 03/11/2002 7:08:56 PM PST by cleancutguy
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To: Bowana
Boundary Violation: Gun Politics in the Doctor’s Office

Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership

Physicians, Firearm Counseling, and Legal Liability

Gun in the Medical Literature - a Failure of Peer Review

34 posted on 03/11/2002 7:16:53 PM PST by coloradan
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To: LasVegasMac
Are you sure?

Just how clearly do you speak/listen to your child?

I have no wish to heighten paranoia, but it happens throughout this country.Your state is not immune.

35 posted on 03/11/2002 7:21:45 PM PST by sarasmom
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To: coloradan
Publicize this big time.
36 posted on 03/11/2002 7:24:41 PM PST by Ciexyz
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To: Bowana
I challenge all other healthcare workers in all positions and from all professions to take the JR challenge.

If you ever see this type of form at the place you work, THROW THEM AWAY. If they keep an original to make copies from, find it and throw it away. If it's on a computer file, delete it. We all know what a headache it is sometimes in healthcare facilities getting new forms ordered and shipped in. Make it too difficult where you work and maybe they'll quit using them.

"They" have no business asking kids things like this; it's our duty to stop it. It's none of their business.

37 posted on 03/11/2002 7:25:25 PM PST by jrewingjr
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To: All
There is also a questionnaire to ask the doctor, if they ask you about guns: "When was your last firearms training," etc. that put them on the spot, if they were just anti-gun but questioning patients. But I can't find it right now. Anyone else have it handy? I think the SAS put it out.
38 posted on 03/11/2002 7:25:54 PM PST by coloradan
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To: Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
"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?"

LOL.....I think this is the best idea....you don't want a doctor with AIDS or HEP touching/probing your child......LOL

39 posted on 03/11/2002 7:27:47 PM PST by goodnesswins
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To: coloradan
All this crap is endorsed by the American Pediatric Association. I know I'm a physician and I've read about it. I would never ask these questions unless there was some real good reason too. And in 17 years of practice most of these questions I have never asked a child!( or most adults)
40 posted on 03/11/2002 7:28:28 PM PST by therut
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To: TLBSHOW
"Lets freep the doc."

You bring the ball bat, I have the blanket........nLOL.

41 posted on 03/11/2002 7:32:56 PM PST by S.O.S121.500
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To: homeschool mama;SpookBrat;Khepera
Pings!!!!!!
42 posted on 03/11/2002 7:33:37 PM PST by Brad’s Gramma
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
ROFLMAO!!!
44 posted on 03/11/2002 7:39:09 PM PST by Husker24
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To: Savage Beast
. 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.

You forgot the part about the liberals being more intelligent than the rest of us. Us po' publicans just ain't smart nuf to raise our own young 'uns. We'd know that if we only attended the local university to have liberal professors paid with our tax dollars tell us how wrongheaded we are to oppose the loving oversight of big government.

Who was it that said we need to fear the politicians who want to do things "for our own good" most of all?

45 posted on 03/11/2002 7:41:09 PM PST by Exigence
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To: CTYankeeMike
Let's see how high they are on intrusive questions after that!

I just read an article about how some parents did exactly that to the teachers who were giving their children equally intrusive questionnaires. When the teachers objected, the parents just indicated that the questions were no more inappropriate than the ones the schools were asking their children.

However, I would bet the school bureacracy missed the point. After all, *they* are the ones who know what's best for children. /sarcasm

46 posted on 03/11/2002 7:43:49 PM PST by Exigence
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To: Bowana
I suspect that "SIGNA PPO" is actually CIGNA PPO, a managed care company that I loath and dropped out of when I could not ethically practice according to their inhumane requirements. I had many a ferocious argument with the sociopaths who are in Cigna's main office.

I also strongly suspect that the questionaire is issued by Cigna who mandates its administration to all teenagers. I wouldn't trust these b*st*rds with information about the price of tea in China, much less my child'd intimate secrets.

47 posted on 03/11/2002 7:45:32 PM PST by TheGoodDoc
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To: Bowana
I suspect that "SIGNA PPO" is actually CIGNA PPO, a managed care company that I loath and dropped out of when I could not ethically practice according to their inhumane requirements. I had many a ferocious argument with the sociopaths who are in Cigna's main office.

I also strongly suspect that the questionaire is issued by Cigna who mandates its administration to all teenagers. I wouldn't trust these b*st*rds with information about the price of tea in China, much less my child's intimate secrets.

48 posted on 03/11/2002 7:47:37 PM PST by TheGoodDoc
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To: Bowana
I'm glad I read this! I'm taking my 14 yr. old for her physical tomorrow. I'll be sure to alert her in case the practice tries to get her to answer any questions like this.
49 posted on 03/11/2002 7:53:23 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: Bowana
That's the same kinda crap my college wanted me to answer plus really explict sex questions (like "how many men have you slept with?")

I threw the form in the trash.

50 posted on 03/11/2002 7:58:08 PM PST by Hawkeye's Girl
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