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Clinical Evaluation of the Variables Associated With Treatment Acceptability and Their Relation to Compliance

Thomas M. Reimers, David P. Wacker, Linda J. Cooper and Agnes O. DeRaad
Behavioral Disorders
Vol. 18, No. 1 (November 1992), pp. 67-76
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23887101
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Abstract

The authors examined the acceptability ratings of positive reinforcement procedures recommended to parents seen in a pediatric behavior management outpatient clinic. Parental ratings of acceptability were obtained in the clinic and 1, 3, and 6 months following their initial clinic visit. Acceptability variables were examined by group (parents who rated the acceptability of treatments as high vs. low) and by severity (parents who rated their children's behavior problem as severe vs. mild). The relationship between these variables and reported compliance was also examined. Results show that the acceptability variables were useful in differentiating between parents who rated treatments to be more acceptable and parents who rated treatments to be less acceptable. Differences were also observed as a function of behavior problem severity. Significant correlations occurred between acceptability variables and compliance at each of the follow-up points. Results are discussed in relation to the clinical significance of these findings and the impetus they might serve for future research.

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