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July 2016

Parenting as Primary Prevention

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, Floating Hospital for Children, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2American Board of Pediatrics, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • 3Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 4Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 5University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio
JAMA Pediatr. 2016;170(7):637-638. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.0225

Social-emotional and behavioral dysfunction contributes substantially to adverse health outcomes such as obesity, asthma, and cardiovascular disease; poor quality of life; and exponentially increasing health care costs. These conditions often have roots in childhood, when opportunities exist for primary and secondary prevention and early intervention. However, these opportunities are seldom realized for many reasons, including limited attention to behavioral and/or mental health concerns during pediatric and family medicine training programs and the low priority of prevention in the organization and financing of health care in the United States.

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