Development and initial validation of a measure of parents' preferences for behavioral counseling in primary care

Andrew R. Riley, Bethany L. Walker, Trevor A. Hall

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Introduction: There is a significant need to understand the factors that contribute to parents' consumer preferences for behavioral health services in pediatric primary care; however, no validated measure of such preferences exists. We developed the BIPS (Behavioral Information Preferences Scale), a measure of parents' preferences for delivery of behavioral guidance in pediatric primary care and assessed its psychometric properties. Method: An initial item pool consisted of 3 sections: Behavior topics, intervention approach, and delivery methods. In addition to the BIPS, parents of young children (N = 396) completed measures of child behavior problems and parenting self-efficacy. We conducted principle component analyses and examined correlations of the resulting factors. Results: The behavior topics section resulted in a two-factor solution (conduct/emotions and healthy habits), as did the intervention approach section (behavior change and psychoeducation), whereas the delivery methods yielded three factors (usual care, auxiliary care, and media resources). Patterns of association with parent reported child behavior problems and parenting self-efficacy were indicative of construct validity for the behavior topics and media resources sections. Discussion: The BIPS holds potential for informing the design and dissemination of primary care parenting interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-150
Number of pages12
JournalFamilies, Systems and Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2020


  • Child behavior
  • Family centered care
  • Integrated care
  • Measure development
  • Parenting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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