Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Karen Budd
Dr. William Callahan
Dr. Joseph LaVoie
Dr. J. Michael Leihowitz
This study analyzed the training of a mother, through the use of verbal and written instructions, modelling and immediate feedback, to increase the independent dressing skills of her developmentally delayed son. In addition, it analysed the mother's ability to teach the child management techniques to her husband with no assistance from the clinician, as well as the generalization of parent training to two other child skills - eating and toy use. The parent training package, introduced sequentially across two components of the mother's behavior in a multiple baseline design, led to desired changes in the mother’s behavior in the dressing activity and to generalized changes in these same parent behaviors in the other two activities. The mother also was able to successfully train the father in the child management procedures. Examinations of the child's behavior with both parents showed a progressive increase in his independent dressing skills and toy use correlated with successive changes in the parents behavior; however little change was observed in eating skills. A positive increase in the child’s attending to all three activities was recorded concurrent with the introduction of parent training.
Adubato, Susan A., "Training Two Parents for the Price of One: Teaching a Parent to Train a Spouse in Child Management Skills" (1978). Student Work. 2049.
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