Co-located Parent Coaching Services Within Pediatric Primary Care: Feasibility and Acceptability

J Pediatr Health Care. 2021 Jan-Feb;35(1):53-63. doi: 10.1016/j.pedhc.2020.07.009. Epub 2020 Sep 10.


Introduction: This project assessed the feasibility and acceptability of Parent Connext, a positive parenting program that integrates screening and co-located parent coaching within pediatric primary care.

Method: Eleven practices implemented Parent Connext in phases between November 1, 2016, and July 31, 2019. Screening and surveillance for parenting and family psychosocial concerns were performed during patient visits. Providers responded with brief motivational interviewing and referral. Parenting Specialists provided individualized parent coaching to referred caregivers.

Results: Screens were completed at 13,346 (65%) targeted visits, with 26% positive for concerns. Parent coaching was provided to 1,301 of 2,711 (48%) referred families (average 2.2 sessions per family). Providers and staff felt significantly more supported, confident, and knowledgeable about addressing parenting and family psychosocial concerns after implementing Parent Connext and felt the program improved their relationships with families and quality of care.

Discussion: Co-located parent coaching was found to be a feasible and worthwhile addition to pediatric primary care.

Keywords: Adverse childhood experiences; collaborative; integrated; prevention; social determinants of health.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Humans
  • Mentoring*
  • Parenting
  • Parents
  • Primary Health Care