ERIC Number: ED057363
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Use of a Residence Unit as an Aid to Training Parents in Behavior Modification: Turning Psychology Over to the Unwashed.
Gordon, Steven B.; Wiltz, Nick
The authors describe the background for and explore the use of a unique apartment-like setting, complete with observational facilities, in which the parents of a hyperactive, aggressive boy were trained in the application of behavioral principles. Procedures consisted of having the entire family live in this setting for 5 consecutive days where they received training via instructional materials, modeling and feedback. The family then returned home, maintaining contact with the trainer/consultant only by telephone. The data presented show significant reductions in the rates of non-compliances and destructive acts toward people and property. In addition, programs devised independently by the mother and procedures used for a school program are presented. Results are discussed with reference to the use of a residence unit as a device in the initial phases of parent training in behavior modification and data collection and as an aid in maximizing professional efficiency. (Author/TL)
Descriptors: Behavior, Behavior Change, Behavior Problems, Change Agents, Consultants, Environmental Influences, Family Environment, Human Factors Engineering, Operant Conditioning, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Counseling, Parent Participation, Parents, Professional Services, Therapeutic Environment
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., Seattle.
Note: Paper presented at Western Psychological Association Meeting, San Francisco, Calif., April 21-24, 1971