Parent and social-skills training for mentally retarded mothers identified as child maltreaters

Author: Fantuzzo, J.W.;Wray, L.;Hall, R.;Goins, C.;Azar, S.
Year: 1986
Reference Type: Journal Article
Journal/Book Title: American Journal of Mental Deficiency
Volume: 91
Issue: 2
Pages: 135-140
Abstract: The effectiveness and generality of a parent-and social-skills training program for three mildly retarded mothers identified as child maltreaters were investigated. The program was conducted by one trainer in a community-based facility and included the following components: (a) individualized performance standards, (b) response specific feedback, (c) self-monitoring, and (e) group rewards. A multiple baseline design across parenting- and social- skill areas was used to evaluate the training. The findings revealed that the game contingencies effectively increased the mothers' ability to identify the most effective action to take in common problematic parenting and social situation. Generalizations and recidivism data supported the efficacy of treatment gains.

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