Parental Stress

Parenting can cause considerable stress for families. When social drivers of health such as housing instability, food instability or community violence are impacting the family, the stress can be even more elevated. This can then translate into partner conflicts, poorer physical health of the parents, less effective parenting, mental health problems for the parent and increased behavioral problems for the child. These risk and protective factors are additive, cumulative and interactive

Primary care is an ideal place to talk to families, prevent the onset of mental health disorder, and provide support to families during stressful times. A focus on strengthening parenting in primary care is essential both through evidence-based programs and more generally through education and support.

CEs/CMEs are available for this training

Learning Objectives

After completing this training, you will be able to:

  • List three reasons why pediatric primary care is an ideal setting to address parental stress
  • Explain the importance of a two generation approach to prevention
  • Provide examples of parental stressors
  • List four levels of protective factors and adaptive capacities
  • Distinguish between specific and general risk factors for depression
  • Describe examples of evidence-based, two-generation approaches to strengthen parenting and reduce stress
  • Provide three examples of cultural considerations when addressing parental stress and depression
  • Apply information learned to case vignettes

Course Information

Estimated Time: 1 hour


Course Instructors

  • Emily Feinberg headshotEmily Feinberg
    ScD, CPNP
  • William Beardslee headshotWilliam Beardslee


1 year of access
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