Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Karen Budd

Second Advisor

Dr. William Callahan

Third Advisor

Dr. Joseph LaVoie

Fourth Advisor

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.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Psychology and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright Susan A. Adubato August, I978

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