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Play Nicely: Research

A public health approach

The Play Nicely program works for parents from different cultural and educational backgrounds. In a randomized controlled trial, the Play Nicely multimedia program was viewed by consecutive parents in a pediatric clinic. Regardless of their background, parents in the intervention group who viewed at least four discipline options (5-10 minutes) were more likely to have changed how they plan to discipline their children compared with parents in the control group (all: 83 percent vs. 7 percent).

Research related to Play Nicely 

Burkhart K, Knox M, Hunter K, Pennewitt D, Schrouder K. Decreasing Caregivers' Positive Attitudes Toward Spanking. J Pediatr Health Care. 2018 Jul - Aug;32(4):333-339.

Hudnut-Beumler J, Smith AE, Scholer SJ. How to convince parents to stop spanking their children. Clinical Pediatrics. 2017.  

Burkhart K, Knox M, Hunter K. Changing health care professionals' attitudes toward spanking.  Clin Pediatr. 2016

Smith AE, Hudnut-Beumler J,  Scholer SJ. Can discipline education be culturally sensitive?   Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2016.  

Scholer SJ, Hudnut-Beumler J, Mukherjee A, Dietrich M.S. A brief intervention facilitates discussions about discipline in pediatric primary care. Clin Pediatr. 2015.

Cowley-Malcolm, E. Perceptions of Samoan parents from a small town in New Zealand on parenting, childhood aggression, and the CD-ROM Play Nicely. Victoria University of Wellington. 

Aragon Neely et al. The effect of primary care interventions on children's media viewing habits and exposure to violence. Academic Pediatrics. 2013.

Chavis et al. A brief intervention affects parents' attitudes toward using less physical punishment. Child Abuse and Neglect.  2013. 

Scholer SJ, Hudnut-Beumler, J, Dietrich MS. Why parents value a brief required primary care intervention that teaches disciplineClin Pediatr. 2012.  

Scholer SJ, Reich SM, Boshers RB, Bickman L. A brief program improves counseling of mothers with children who have persistent aggression. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.  December 2011.   

Scholer SJ, Hudnut-Beumler, J, Dietrich MS. The effect of physician-parent discussions and a brief intervention on caregiver's plan to discipline: is it time for a new approach? Clin Pediatr.2011.  

Scholer SJ, Hamilton EC, Johnson MC, Scott TA. A brief violence prevention intervention may affect parents' attitudes towards using less physical punishment. Family and Community Health; 2010: 33 (2):106-116.

Scholer SJ, Hudnut-Beumler, J, Dietrich MS. A brief primary care intervention affects parents' plans to discipline. Pediatrics. 2010;125:e242-e249. 

Scholer SJ, Brokish PA, Mukherjee AB, Gigante J. A violence prevention program helps teach medical students and pediatric residents about childhood aggression. Clin Pediatr.  2008.

Scholer SJ, Walkowski CA, Bickman L. Voluntary or required viewing of a violence prevention program in pediatric primary care. Clin Pediatr. 2008. 

Scholer SJ, Mukherjee AB, Gibbs KI, Memon S, Jongeward KL. Parents view a brief violence prevention program in clinic. Clin Pediatr. 2007.  

Scholer SJ, Cherry R, Garrard HG, Gupta AO, Mace R, Greeley N. A multimedia program helps parents manage childhood aggression. Clin Pediatr. 2006;45:835-840.

Scholer SJ, Nix RL, Patterson B. Gaps in pediatricians' advice to parents regarding early childhood aggression. Clin Pediatr. 2006 Jan-Feb;45(1):23-28. 

Scholer SJ, Reich SM, Boshers RB, Bickman L. A multimedia violence prevention program increases pediatric residents' and childcare providers' knowledge about responding to childhood aggression. Clin Pediatr. 2005 Jun;44(5):413-7.

Scholer SJ, Goad S. Feedback on a multimedia violence prevention program. Clin Pediatr. 2003 Nov-Dec;42(9):789-96.