Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research

, 35:305

A Common Factors Approach to Improving the Mental Health Capacity of Pediatric Primary Care

  • Larry Wissow
  • Bruno Anthony
  • Jonathan Brown
  • Susan DosReis
  • Anne Gadomski
  • Golda Ginsburg
  • Mark Riddle
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10488-008-0178-7

Cite this article as:
Wissow, L., Anthony, B., Brown, J. et al. Adm Policy Ment Health (2008) 35: 305. doi:10.1007/s10488-008-0178-7
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Abstract

To expand the mental health service capacity of pediatric primary care, we ask whether there are evidence-based skills to allow providers to 1) immediately begin treatment for children with emotional and behavioral problems while diagnostic procedures are being pursued, and 2) offer evidence-based care to children who do not meet criteria for a specific diagnosis. We discuss why the epidemiology of child mental health problems poses difficulties for disorder-specific mental health interventions, and review evidence that “common factors” contributing to the outcome of mental health treatments define a core set of skills that primary care providers might use to complement disorder-specific interventions.

Keywords

Primary carePediatricsMental healthPsychotherapy process

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Larry Wissow
    • 1
    • 2
  • Bruno Anthony
    • 3
  • Jonathan Brown
    • 4
  • Susan DosReis
    • 1
  • Anne Gadomski
    • 5
  • Golda Ginsburg
    • 1
  • Mark Riddle
    • 1
  1. 1.Johns Hopkins Medical InstitutionsBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Health, Behavior, and SocietyJohns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public HealthBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.Georgetown UniversityWashingtonUSA
  4. 4.Mathematica Policy ResearchWashingtonUSA
  5. 5.Bassett HealthcareCooperstownUSA