A Parent-Focused Intervention in Primary Care

Led by Dr. Aalsma with several students at Indiana University, the AYAH-RN conducted an exploratory study to implement a parenting intervention in the primary care setting. Research included testing integration of a screening tool for parents, that addressed areas such as adolescent communication, monitoring, and conflict, and examined parents’ views on such interventions in the primary care setting. Results indicate that parents (N=99) were receptive to interventions and were particularly interested in learning more about mental health and improving their relationship with their adolescent child. Additional research suggests most parents are open to their adolescents completing a pre-visit survey independently, without parental involvement. Based on this research, investigators published two articles (in BMC Health Services Research and Journal of Adolescent Health) and an abstract.