Project Summary

This project is designed to test the efficacy of two brief parenting programs, Brief Primary Care Triple P (Level 2) and Play Nicely, and to examine the influence of social contexts on their efficacy and adoption. The long-term goal is to strengthen the evidence base for widely adaptable and sustainable brief parenting programs deliverable in family service and pediatrics settings to broad populations of parents in order to reduce rates of child physical abuse.


A mixed methods approach is being used to follow-up over 800 families recruited into a randomized controlled trial in order to establish the sustained effects of two brief parenting interventions on parenting behaviors and child outcomes via a combination of self-report, observational, and bio-measures. In-depth qualitative interviews are also being conducted with mothers and their partners to better understand social contexts relevant in parenting.

Measurement & Metrics

  • Maternal self report measures of attitudes toward and use of physical punishment, use of positive parenting practices (PAFAS), and child emotional and behavioral adjustment (CBCL; CAPES)

  • Dyadic (mother-child) interactions via the Coding interactive behavior (CIB) coding system

  • Respiratory sinus arrhythmia (RSA)




Principal Investigator

Project Support

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH/NICHD)


New Orleans Health Department


Funded through 6/30/2023