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Treating children with conduct problems : examining changes in parental knowledge of behavioural principles and parenting skills utilizing conjoint behavioural consultation

This study examined the efficacy of conjoint behavioural consultation (CBC) with children evidencing conduct problems, the impact of CBC in enhancing parental knowledge of behavioural principles, and whether knowledge of behavioural principles is related to improved parenting skills. An A/B design was used and participants included 5 boys (ages 3, 3, 5, 5, and 6) and their parents. Children evidenced improvements in their target behaviours from baseline to treatment (effect sizes = -0.54 to -2.10). Overall, children's social skills increased (Reliable Change Indices [RCI] = -3.66 to 3.05), problem behaviours decreased, and externalizing difficulties decreased (RCI = -0.24 to -3.74). Parents used more praise, less critical statements, and less no-opportunity commands following treatment. Parental knowledge of behavioural principles improved significantly for 2 parents (RCI's = 0.00 to 8.77). Also, increased parental knowledge of behavioural principles was related to increased use of praise (r = 0.95, p < .05). Results are discussed in light of their practical and theoretical implications.
Date January 1997
CreatorsIllsley, Staci D.
ContributorsSladeczek, Ingrid E. (advisor)
PublisherMcGill University
Source SetsLibrary and Archives Canada ETDs Repository / Centre d'archives des thèses électroniques de Bibliothèque et Archives Canada
Detected LanguageEnglish
TypeElectronic Thesis or Dissertation
CoverageMaster of Arts (Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology.)
RightsAll items in eScholarship@McGill are protected by copyright with all rights reserved unless otherwise indicated.
Relationalephsysno: 001598552, proquestno: MQ43886, Theses scanned by UMI/ProQuest.

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