Graduation Year

2008

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

M.A.

Degree Granting Department

Applied Behavior Analysis

Major Professor

Kimberly Crosland, Ph.D.

Keywords

Rehearsal, Behavioral Skills Training, Child welfare, Behavior analysis, Services program, Modeling

Abstract

Behavioral Parent Training refers to a broad range of instructional programs that teach parents and other caregivers ways to build and change behavioral repertoires of children. Most, if not all, such programs employ Behavioral Skills Training (modeling, prompting, role-play practice and feedback) to teach parenting skills. However, specific ways to use prompting during role plays have not been described in the behavioral parent training literature. The present study compared two methods of conducting role plays during parent training. A between group, pretest/posttest design was used to evaluate and compare the effect of using one versus two trainers on the role-play performance of parents and other caregivers involved in the child dependency system. Although both groups' posttest scores improved, there was no statistically significant difference between the one and two trainer groups. It was determined that foster and adoptive parents performed better on posttest measures than did biological parents and relative caregivers, regardless of group assignment.

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