ERIC Number: ED216772
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Effect of a Parent Education Program on Selected Aspects of Parental Behavior: An Exploratory Study.
Shade, Daniel David
The purpose of this exploratory study was to measure the impact of a specific style of parent education on parental behavior with their children. Six families, chosen by invitation from among parents participating in the Carbon County, Utah parent education programs, participated in the study. A BAB-ABBA single case experimental design was performed six times. (In this design the B sub-phases represent the treatment program and the A sub-phases represent a withdrawal or no treatment phase.) Three behaviors, or dependent variables, were measured in the participants' homes to ascertain change in parental behavior. Two of the dependent variables measured were parental supportive and instructive behaviors. These were defined and measured by asking the parents to assist their child succeed in a given task. The other dependent variable, the pattern of interaction with family members, was defined as horizontal or vertical interaction and was measured by coding weekly tape recordings of family dinner times. (Vertical was taken to mean behavior which is generally negative or unproductive, and horizontal was taken to mean behavior which is positive relationship building.) Missing baseline data and insufficient data points in each sub-phase of the BAB-ABBA eliminated the possibility of testing the study hypotheses and of drawing conclusions in regard to the parent education program as the determinant variable affecting parental behavior. However, a number of interesting trends in parental behavior emerged, showing strong initial involvement, cumulative effects, temporary effects, and a difference in response for each gender role. The study's limitations are discussed and recommendations for further research are suggested. (MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Parent Behavior; Replication; Social Support
Note: Master's Thesis, Brigham Young University, 1981.