Unique diagnostic and therapeutic opportunities are provided by family interviewing. The pediatrician who recognizes the value and importance of working with families in the pediatric setting can:
1. Facilitate family communication and interpret it better.
2. Help the parents become aware of the meaningfulness of child behavior by interpreting the child's many ways of communicating.
3. Observe and explore both the effects of parental behavior on the child and the reciprocal effects this behavior has on the parents themselves.
4. Demonstrate appropriate parenting.
5. Where indicated, prepare one or more members of the family group for psychiatric referral.
The preceding articles in this issue have focused on these and related issues.* In the concluding article the coauthors expand on these themes and discuss the techniques and strategies of psychologic and psychiatric referral.