Help when it's needed first: a controlled evaluation of brief, preventive behavioral family intervention in a primary care setting

Behav Ther. 2006 Jun;37(2):131-42. doi: 10.1016/j.beth.2005.05.004. Epub 2006 Mar 21.


This study evaluated the effects of a brief 3- to 4-session behavioral family intervention program for parents of preschool-aged children in a primary care setting, compared to parents in a wait-list control condition. Parents receiving the Primary Care Triple P-Positive Parenting Program intervention reported significantly lower levels of targeted child behavior problems, dysfunctional parenting, and reduced parental anxiety and stress in comparison to wait-listed parents at postassessment. These short-term effects were largely maintained at 6-month follow-up assessment of the intervention group. Implications of these findings for the prevention of behavioral and emotional problems in children are discussed.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Behavior Therapy / methods*
  • Child Behavior / psychology
  • Child, Preschool
  • Family Therapy / methods*
  • Female
  • Health Services Needs and Demand*
  • Helping Behavior*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / therapy*
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Parenting
  • Parents
  • Preventive Health Services / methods*
  • Primary Health Care / methods*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires