Evaluation of a game-based parent education intervention to increase positive parent–child interactions in parents with learning difficulties.

Author: Tahir, M., Sword, C., & Feldman, M.
Year: 2015
Reference Type: Journal article
Journal/Book Title: Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice
Volume: 15
Issue: 3-4
Pages: 187-200
Abstract: Children of parents with learning difficulties (LD) are at risk for a variety of developmental problems including behavioral and psychiatric disorders. However, there are no empirically supported programs to prevent or reduce these problems in such children. The purpose of this study was to test the effectiveness of a game-based, role-playing parenting intervention designed to teach parents with LD positive child behavior management strategies. A multiple baseline across skills design was used with 2 parents, who were taught 3 skills, in the context of a game: (a) clear instructions, (b) approval of child cooperation, and (c) correction of noncooperation. Training scores increased on each skill after training, maintained at 1-month follow-up, and generalized to untrained role-played scenarios. In situ parenting skill improvements were variable, although child cooperation increased. Results of pre–post social validity measures were also generally positive. The findings of this preliminary study suggest that a game-based parent education program for parents with LD may improve positive parent–child interactions.
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