ERIC Number: ED246358
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: 0
The Social Validation of Behavioral Treatments for Bedwetting.
Fincham, Frank D.
Both urine alarms and dry bed training (DBT) have been used in the treatment of enuresis. To investigate the acceptability of the most recent version of DBT and urine alarm training, two studies were conducted. In the first study, the evaluation of 42 parents, who had participated in an 8-week program of either DBT or urine alarm training, were compared. In the second study, 84 nonpsychology undergraduate students evaluated the two treatment approaches independently of their implementation. The students also evaluated the source of the program, i.e., self-help manual or professional counselor. In both studies subjects completed the Treatment Evaluation Inventory and the Semantic Differential Scales. An analysis of the results showed no support for the view that DBT is a more acceptable or more effective treatment for enuresis than the traditional urine alarm. On the contrary, parents who had actually implemented the treatments rated the urine alarm procedure more favorably than DBT on both the Treatment Evaluaton Inventory and the Evaluative dimension of the Semantic Differential. Further, the two treatments were considered equally acceptable by those who had not implemented them. Finally, both treatments were considered to be more acceptable when offered by a clinic then when presented as self-help manuals. These findings suggest that dry bed training may not be the best treatment for enuresis. (Author/BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Support Staff; Practitioners
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (56th, Chicago, IL, May 3-5, 1984).