Feasibility of a novel, brief parenting intervention in primary care clinics

Fam Syst Health. 2022 Jun;40(2):152-159. doi: 10.1037/fsh0000514. Epub 2021 Nov 8.


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) 2022 APA, all rights reserved).

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Crisis Intervention*
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Humans
  • Parenting*
  • Parents
  • Primary Health Care