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Research has indicated that age can influence coping with a medical procedure. Studies have indicated that younger children demonstrate higher levels of distress and pain during medical procedures than older children (e.g., Dahlquist et al. 2001; Schiff et al. 2001). Younger children are more likely than older children to have misconceptions about hospi-

talizations and medical procedures. Moreover, due to limited cognitive abilities, younger children are likely to display difficulties with interpreting parameters of the procedure, such as duration or intensity. Taken together, these findings underscore the need for developmentally appropriate education and interventions to ensure appropriate preparation.

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