Volume 23, Issue 4 (1994)
Behavioral Consultation With Parents: Using Competency-Based Training to Modify Child Noncompliance
Pamela Carrington Rotto, Thomas R. Kratochwill
This study empirically examined the effects of an intervention strategy for child noncompliance, integrating the problem-solving process of behavioral case consultation with competency-based parent training procedures (i.e., behavioral technology training). Using a multiple baseline research design and multiple outcome measures, this study investigated the effects of a competency-based instructional paradigm on parent skill acquisition and the noncompliant behavior of 4 children ages 6-9. This approach was evaluated on parent and child treatment effects exhibited in the home setting and under each training condition. Results indicated that the treatment was an effective method of promoting skill acquisition to mastery criterion for parents and decreasing child noncompliance at home as parents acquired specific behavior management skills. Parent skills were maintained above baseline levels at a 4week follow-up. Parents indicated satisfaction with services and viewed the treatment procedures as appropriate, fair, and reasonable for their child. Results suggested that this treatment program within a consultation model is an effective method of indirect service delivery when used with parents of noncompliant school-age children. Future research directions include replication with diverse subject populations, adjustments in program length, and further evaluation of parent roles.
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