Psychosocial interventions for use in pediatric primary care: An examination of providers' perspectives

Prerna G. Arora, Sharon Hoover Stephan, Kimberly D. Becker, Lawrence Wissow

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Introduction: The integration of psychosocial interventions in primary care settings is1 mechanism to increase access to mental health care to youth in need. Although thedelivery of psychosocial interventions by primary care providers (PCPs) reflects 1example of this integration, research indicates that various barriers to implementationby PCPs exist. With the goal of informing a framework to guide the selection oftreatments amenable to PCP practice, the authors sought to examine which criteriamight influence a PCP's intention to use a given psychosocial intervention. Method:Using survey methodology, 49 PCPs ranked characteristics of interventions for feasibilityand applicability to their patient populations and setting. Results: Survey respondentsfound the following characteristics most important: time to employ, applicabilityto multiple disorders, ease of use, and ease of learning. Providers who endorsed morenegative beliefs and attitudes toward addressing psychosocial concerns in youth weremore likely to see certain criteria, such as ease of use and ease of learning, as moreimportant. Discussion: The authors illustrate the potential application of these findingsto the selection of psychosocial interventions for use in primary care and discuss futureresearch directions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)414-423
Number of pages10
JournalFamilies, Systems and Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016


  • Children and adolescents
  • Integrated behavioral health care
  • Mental health
  • Primary care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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