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Initial appointment nonattendance is a serious problem for paediatric mental health services in Canada. In this paper, we report a research proposal designed to test whether a theory-based intervention can increase firsttime attendance rates in paediatric mental health clinics. A mixed method approach is proposed to understand beliefs about initial appointments and nonattendance. We propose semi-structured interviews with parents/guardians, focus groups with children and youth, and a postaldoi:10.7790/ejap.v6i1.172 fatcat:wioltlvvabgijhbpkyxkstvcky