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The Goal of this Toolkit

Welcome to the Media and Child Health Clinician Toolkit. The goal of this toolkit is to help clinicians working with adolescent populations understand the importance of recognizing media as an environmental health concern.

This Toolkit will help you better communicate with your patients and their parents about media exposure and use. Helping patients realize how media affect their health and well-being can help prevent poor health outcomes, and help them understand the complexity of a current health issue. This toolkit contains the research, anticipatory guidance, and patient education materials you need to inform your patients about the effects of media on their health, instruct them on how to best use media, and help prevent them from developing problematic media use behaviors by providing guidance, tips and tools that they can use in their everyday lives.

Parts of the Toolkit

  • Screening Forms
    • Adolescent Media and Health History Form, a brief screening tool for adolescents
    • Parent Media and Health History Form, a brief screening tool for adolescents
    • IAT-Revised, an in-depth screening tool for adolescents
    • PCIAT, an in-depth screening tool for parents
  • Scoring and Interpretation
    • Flowchart, which provides a visual representation of how to use the Clinician Toolkit
    • Scoring Overview, which provides information on how to score the four screening tools
  • Patient Education Materials
    • Parent Guide, a prevention booklet for parents
    • Adolescent Guide, a prevention booklet for teens
  • Anticipatory Guidance
    • Evidence-based information for clinicians on a variety of topics related to media and health

How to use this Toolkit in clinic

  1. Have adolescent patients complete the Adolescent Screening Form
  2. Have parents complete the Parent Screening Form
  3. Score both forms and determined whether the IAT-R and PCIAT are needed
  4. Provide anticipatory guidance and educational materials
  5. Refer to specialized care if needed

You can also review the Flowchart for an easy-to-understand visual demonstrating how to use the Toolkit.

The IAT and the PCIAT were created by Kimberly Young, PhD, psychologist and seminal researcher in the area of internet addiction. Our team made slight edits to the wording of the IAT and PCIAT, resulting in the IAT-R and PCIAT-R.

As you use this Toolkit, please let us know what you think. What works? What doesn’t? What else would be helpful? Do you have tips or tricks that you can share with other clinicians? Please write to us at cmch@childrens.harvard.edu. We’d love to hear from you!

This toolkit was created with funding from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. Page last updated March 18, 2019.