Effectiveness of a Psychoeducational Parenting Group on Child, Parent, and Family Behavior: A Pilot Study in a Family Practice Clinic With an Underserved Population

Jerica M. Berge, David D. Law, Jennifer Johnson, M. Gawain Wells

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Abstract

Although integrated care for adults in primary care has steadily increased over the last several decades, there remains a paucity of research regarding integrated care for children in primary care. To report results of a pilot study testing initial feasibility of a parenting psychoeducational group targeting child behavioral problems within a primary care clinic. The participants (n = 35) were parents representing an underserved population from an inner-city primary care clinic. Participants attended a 12-week psychoeducational parenting group and reported pre- and post-measures of family functioning, child misbehavior and dyadic functioning. Paired t-tests and effects sizes are reported. Participants reported statistically significant improvement in family functioning, child misbehavior, and couple functioning after participating in the parenting psychoeducational group. Results suggest initial feasibility of a parenting psychoeducational group within a primary care clinic with an underserved population. This intervention may be useful for other primary care clinics seeking to offer more integrative care options for children and their families.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)224-235
Number of pages12
JournalFamilies, Systems and Health
Volume28
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2010

Keywords

  • Parenting psychoeducational groups
  • Primary care
  • Underserved population

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