ERIC Number: ED267326
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr-23
Reference Count: 0
Reciprocity Family Counseling: A Multi-Ethnic Model.
Penrose, David M.
The Reciprocity Family Counseling Method involves learning principles of behavior modification including selective reinforcement, behavioral contracting, self-correction, and over-correction. Selective reinforcement refers to the recognition and modification of parent/child responses and reinforcers. Parents and children are asked to identify behaviors which are positive or problematic, with the objective being to modify specific behaviors. Behavioral contracting is the writing of agreements concerning modifications of negative behavior to positive behavior. Self-correction involves the misbehaving individual correcting his own behavior. Over-correction is behavior change with behavior directed toward restoring lost trust and hurt feelings. Sessions last 90 minutes once a week for 4 weeks with follow-ups at 30, 90, and 180 days. Measurement instruments used are the Family Problem Checklist and the Satisfaction Scale, each with forms for parents and children. The Family Problem Checklist includes sections on communication, friends and activities, chores, school, appearance, money, curfew, and conduct and privileges. The Satisfaction Scale rates satisfaction with communication, friends and activities, curfew, privileges, home conduct and rules, home and recreational privileges, health and appearance, money, household chores, school, happiness, following agreements, discussing assigned areas, and making new agreements. The instruments are included. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association for Counseling and Development (Los Angeles, CA, April 20-23, 1986).