ERIC Number: ED184021
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep-5
Reference Count: 0
Promoting Behavior Change Using Operant Techniques in an Outpatient Clinic.
Rae, William A.
The process of promoting behavior change in children described as being immature or antisocial with conduct or behavioral disorders can be enhanced by training their parents in operant techniques in an outpatient clinic setting. Most parents can respond to training because a theoretical understanding of operant techniques is not a prerequisite for being able to perform behavioral techniques. Parent training can be categorized into three types of approaches: educational groups, individual consultation, and controlled learning environments such as workshops. The treatment of choice, based on individual need, is often a combination of group and individual, and home- and office-based instruction. Parental resistance to the training is the major reason for program failure, and includes such factors as guilt, feelings of inadequacy, psychopathology within the family or marital relationship, and difficulty in complying with details. Counselor sensitivity to parental feelings is necessary if effective remediation is to occur. (Author/HLM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (87th, New York, NY, September 1-5, 1979)