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Quick Parenting Assessment


The Quick Parenting Assessment (QPA), developed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, is a brief, non-stigmatizing approach to help identify children exposed to unhealthy parenting and provide higher precision support for parents. The QPA can be used in pediatrics for children ages 1-10 years (e.g. well visits, behavior problems).
The QPA is designed to improve children’s socioemotional health and prevent disease. Exposure to unhealthy discipline is associated with many mental and physical health problems including child abuse, violence, depression, drug use, suicide attempts, heart disease, lung disease and obesity. An important step to improve children’s socioemotional health and decreasing rates of disease is to ensure that all parents are using healthy discipline strategies. In a validation study, children with elevated QPAs were nine times more likely to have behavior problems compared with children with low QPAs.

The QPA can be used as a stand-alone screening tool or combined with the Pediatric ACEs Algorithm, a more comprehensive ACEs screening instrument that screens for other childhood stressors and parents' stressors.  Healthcare professionals and educators are welcome to use the Pediatric ACEs Algorithm and QPA with attribution.

For inquiries, email Seth Scholer.