ERIC Number: ED099127
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation of Family Intervention through Unobtrusive Audio Recordings: Experiences in Bugging Children.
Johnson, Stephen M.; And Others
This report presents outcome data on five referrals for child-family intervention in which a new system for obtaining audio-recorded behavioral data was employed as one of several evaluation criteria. The referred child was asked to wear a radio transmitter during most of his waking hours at home during pre-intervention and termination assessments. The transmitter broadcast to a receiver-recording apparatus in the home which could be activated by an interval timer at predetermined "random" times or by parents predetermined "picked" times when the children were said to typically exhibit problematic behavior. During the project, treatment involved an educational program with the parents in which they were trained to keep data on their child's behavior and to institute behavioral programs to change those behaviors. Results are discussed in terms of the frequency of occurrence of child deviant, parent negative, and parent commanding behaviors. In general, the behavioral outcome data verified that from the two other sources (parent attitude reports and parent collected observation data). It was concluded that the audiorecording procedures provide a viable alternative to employing an observer in the home. (Author/SDH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A