ERIC Number: ED231120
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Using Self-Instructional Materials to Train Parents of Young Handicapped Children in Solving Behavior Problems. Final Report.
Sloane, Howard N.; Endo, George T.
The 3-year project developed self-instructional programs and evaluated parent use of these programs (approximately 185 families) to improve behavior problems of their handicapped children, aged 3 to 9. The project's format included five goals (e.g., determination of the degree to which parents can treat behavioral problems without professional contact) and development of seven "cookbook" programs to solve problems such as tantrums and interrupting. The first year was spent developing logistics and assessment instruments for the program and included visits by trained observers to the homes of 75 families during three 1-hour sessons per week; however, no interpretable data were obtained due to high family attrition and low frequency of child behaviors. The second year included lower attrition due to use of parent-recorded behavioral measures but these measures had problems with reliability and validity. Positive change was reported by nearly all the 20 participating families. The third year included significant modification of parent report measures resulting in reliable and valid data, and completion of the study by 24 families, thereby providing 72 evaluations across seven different programs, with such results as 59 evaluations showing positive change. Included are substudies on attrition, parent charts, and numerous graphs. (Author/MC)
Descriptors: Affective Measures, Autoinstructional Aids, Behavior Modification, Behavior Problems, Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Instructional Materials, Observation, Parent Education, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Reliability, Research Design, Validity
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Utah Univ., Salt Lake City. Dept. of Educational Psychology.
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