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ERIC Number: ED537829
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Preliminary Effects of Conjoint Behavioral Consultation in Rural Communities. CYFS Working Paper No. 2012-8
Sheridan, Susan M.; Holmes, Shannon R.; Coutts, Michael J.; Smith, Tyler E.
Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools
Families in rural communities are often poorly connected to schools due to challenges associated with geographic isolation, poverty, inexperienced staff, inadequate resources, scheduling challenges, and low parental education. This creates problems with the access, availability, and acceptability of services. Teachers in rural schools often have to extend their responsibilities to meet student's behavioral needs, and report feeling ill-equipped to provide focused services to students with learning and behavior concerns. Parents are essential partners for meeting the needs of students in rural schools; cross-system interventions in rural communities may be particularly beneficial for children, parents, and teachers. "Conjoint behavioral consultation" (CBC; Sheridan & Kratochwill, 2008) may address barriers and create meaningful partnerships between rural parents and teachers. In CBC: (1) Parents and teachers serve as joint consultees; (2) Problems are identified, defined, analyzed, and treated through mutual and collaborative parent-teacher interactions with the assistance of a consultant; and (3) Partnerships are formed, creating opportunities for families and schools to work together around a common interest and build upon strengths of family members and school personnel. The efficacy of CBC in settings where specialized consultation services are sparse (i.e., rural schools), and where students, families and schools are characteristically distinctive, has not been explored. This study investigates the preliminary effects of CBC on decreasing problematic behaviors for rural students at home and school. It also explores unique aspects of individual case studies and discerns elements of the rural experience that may influence CBC implementation and uptake. (Contains 2 figures and 3 tables.) [This paper was presented originally by the authors at the 2012 annual meeting of the American Psychological Association.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3; Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools (CYFS)