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A Comparison of Parent Effectiveness Training and Behavior Modification Parent Training

Mark Pinsker and Kevin Geoffroy
Family Relations
Vol. 30, No. 1 (Jan., 1981), pp. 61-68
DOI: 10.2307/584237
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/584237
Page Count: 8
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A Comparison of Parent Effectiveness Training and Behavior Modification Parent Training
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Abstract

The need for effective parenting procedures has been extensively reviewed in the current literature. However, parent training is such a broad area to investigate that comparison studies of different techniques have been relatively sparse in number. A comparison was made among a Behavior Modification parent training workshop, Parent Effectiveness Training and a control group. Both process and outcome measures were employed to investigate their intervention effects through the use of an analysis of covariance statistical design. Differential effects were found among the three groups. It was discovered that the Behavior Modification workshop effectively reduced deviant child behaviors and parental perceptions of problem child behaviors, whereas the Parent Effectiveness Training group effectively increased positive parental consequations, family cohesion, and decreased family conflict. Both Behavior Modification and Parent Effectiveness Training groups significantly increased their respective knowledge of the techniques involved. Implications of these results were discussed in relation to the goals of a parent training program. In addition, the need for further research in the parent management area is emphasized.

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