ERIC Number: EJ1055464
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
The Impact of Delays on Parents' Perceptions of Treatments for Problem Behavior
Call, Nathan A.; Reavis, Andrea R.; McCracken, Courtney E.; Gillespie, Scott E.; Scheithauer, Mindy C.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v45 n4 p1013-1025 Apr 2015
Parent engagement in behavioral interventions is critical for treatments to succeed. Parental decision-making regarding treatments can be impacted by systematic biases, such as the tendency to discount the value of delayed benefits, or "delay discounting". This study examined the impact of delay discounting on parents' perceptions of treatment for their children's problem behavior. Seventeen caregivers of children with a developmental disability who displayed problem behaviors completed assessments in two conditions: a monetary reward paradigm and a paradigm related to treatment outcomes. Fifteen of 17 participants displayed patterns of choice-making suggesting discounting of delayed treatment outcomes. If corroborated in larger samples, our methods could afford clinicians a way to optimize their approach to caregivers to maximize the benefits of treatment.
Descriptors: Parent Attitudes, Behavior Problems, Behavior Modification, Children, Developmental Disabilities, Decision Making, Bias, Delay of Gratification
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