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 Leibowitz


This study analyzed the effectiveness of a simple "booster” training procedure for refining a parent's skill in child management following a clinical training package. Initially, a mother was introduced to the procedures of behavior management through individual didactic sessions in her home, in order to help her reduce the oppositional behaviorof her Down's Syndrome son. This training resulted in moderate but unstable improvements in the parent's use of child management techniques, and in her child’s response to them, with gradual deterioration in parent and child performances over sessions. To refine the parent’s skill in child management, a simple "booster” training was introduced sequentially in a multiple-baseline design for two parent skills: (1) following through with instructions, and (2) praise for child compliance. Follow-up data collected up to 4 weeks following training indicated that improvements in parent and child behavior were maintained following treatment.


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 Michael R. McDonald July, 1978.