TABLE 1.

Focus Group Questions

Maternal
  • What do you like best about being a mother?

  • How do you think your own emotional health affects your child?

  • Do you ever feel sad or blue? Depressed? Angry? Anxious or worried? Who do you talk to about such feelings?

Pediatrician/Mother Interaction
  • What qualities do you look for in a pediatrician?

  • What do you usually talk about with your child’s doctor?

  • What would you like to talk about with your child’s doctor?

  • Does your pediatrician ask you how you are doing during your child’s visit? Do you spend time talking about your health and well-being?

  • Do you ever discuss the stress of parenting with your pediatrician? Who raises the issue? Can you give an example of such a discussion?

  • Would you feel comfortable talking to your child’s pediatrician about such feelings? Why or why not?

  • If your pediatrician recommended you to a counselor or other doctor to take care of yourself, how would that make you feel (or how would you react)?

  • Is there anything else your pediatrician might do to help you?

  • Is there anything else that you would like to discuss?