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ERIC Number: ED387257
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Oct
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
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ISBN: N/A
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Non-Clinical Interventions for Families with Temperamentally Difficult Children.
Mettetal, Gwendolyn
This study sought to determine if general parent education, in the form of books and workshops, was an effective intervention in cases of moderate parental distress due to difficult child temperament. The parents of six "difficult" children answered questionnaires and were interviewed over several years concerning their child's temperament and its effects. They also participated in general parent education workshops and other educational activities that included information on temperament and child behavior. The study found that, soon after the intervention program began, parents: (1) were reassured that their child's behavior, although not average, was still normal; (2) attributed the child's problem behaviors to innate characteristics, thus reducing blame and defensiveness; (3) reframed temperament traits as positive attributes, given the right context; and (4) worked to increase the "goodness of fit" between the child and his/her environment. (Contains 12 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Note: A preliminary version of this paper was presented at the Occasional Temperament Conference (10th, Berkeley, CA, October 1994).