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Pediatrics. 2001 Feb;107(2):E20.

Circumcision: we have heard from the experts; now let's hear from the parents.

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  • 1California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA.



The current study sought to investigate parental attitudes about circumcision and their satisfaction with the decision.


Parents of boys (6 months to 36 months old) in 3 different practices filled out a questionnaire while waiting for their child's well-child examination.


A total of 149 families were surveyed. Families (68) who did not have their sons circumcised were less satisfied with their decision. Compared with families (81) of circumcised children, parents of uncircumcised boys were less likely to have been asked by their physician about whether they wanted their child circumcised, believed that they did not receive adequate information about the procedure, felt less respected by their medical provider, and were more likely to reconsider their decision.


The importance of adequate information and discussion is highlighted by this study.

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