Feasibility of a Novel, Brief Parenting Intervention in Primary Care Clinics

Christopher J. Mehus, Gretchen J.R. Buchanan, Barbara Unell

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INTRODUCTION: Primary care provides a nonstigmatizing service setting in which parents routinely seek care and advice related to their children's behavior. To make care truly accessible for all families, multiple methods and approaches should be available, including brief interventions. The objective of this project was to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of a novel brief program called Behavior Checker.

METHOD: This feasibility evaluation is based on in-depth interviews with personnel ( N = 19) from two safety-net clinics in which Behavior Checker was tested.

RESULTS: Clinic personnel found the program useful and acceptable, citing ease of use and reporting it addressed an existing need. Providers indicated that the program led to more behavioral health conversations with parents and that these were more efficient than without the program.

CONCLUSION: Behavior Checker appeals to providers and clinics as a first-line approach to address parenting and children's behavioral needs. The program's effectiveness should be examined. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2021 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)152-159
Number of pages8
JournalFamilies, Systems and Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was funded by the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund (Grant 20180301). The opinions, findings,and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the funder. Barbara Unell is a co-developer and purveyor of the Behavior Checker program.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 American Psychological Association


  • Behavioral health
  • Parenting
  • Pediatrics
  • Primary care
  • Humans
  • Parents
  • Primary Health Care
  • Child
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Feasibility Studies

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't


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