It is normal for adolescents to be concerned about their bodies and harbor thoughts and worries about their sexuality.1 This can be manifested as anxiety during the physical examination, especially when the genital examination is performed.2-4 Because of this and the possibility of misinterpreting medical procedures such as breast and pelvic examinations, it has been suggested that male practitioners examine female adolescent patients in the presence of a chaperone. Studies involving chaperones use in office practice show a wide variation of approaches.5-7
Recently there has been an increasing recognition of sexual contact between physicians and their patients, both in the medical,8 psychiatric,9 and the lay literature,10 raising consciousness among the public about possible inappropriate sexual behavior by professionals.
- Received February 7, 1994.
- Accepted April 8, 1994.
- Copyright © 1994 by the American Academy of Pediatrics