Measuring Activation in Parents of Youth with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

  • Amy L. GreenEmail author
  • Matthew C. Lambert
  • Kristin Duppong Hurley


For parents of youth with emotional and behavioral disorders, activation, or having the knowledge, skills, and confidence to access and engage in appropriate services for their children, is important for managing their child’s mental health care. The Parent Activation Measure (PAM) was modified to create the Parent Patient Activation Measure-Mental Health (P-PAM-MH) to measure activation as part of a randomized controlled trial of a peer parent support intervention for parents of youth with emotional and behavioral problems. Results from this study provide initial support for use of the P-PAM-MH as a measure of activation in this population and for the reliability and validity of the measure. Implications of the findings from this study for research and practice in behavioral health are discussed.


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The preparation of this article was supported in part by the Institute of Education Sciences, US Department of Education, through Grant R324A130180 to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

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The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent views of the Institute or the US Department of Education.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of South Florida - TampaTampaUSA
  2. 2.University of Nebraska – LincolnLincolnUSA

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