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Training parent social skills for families of children with behavior problems / Treinamento de habilidades sociais educativas para pais de crianças com problemas de comportamento

Author(s): Maria Isabel Santos Pinheiro | Vitor Geraldi Haase | Almir Del Prette | Claret Luiz Dias Amarante | Zilda Aparecida Pereira Del Prette

Journal: Psicologia : Reflexão e Crítica
ISSN 0102-7972

Volume: 19;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 407;
Date: 2006;
Original page

Keywords: Parent training | social skills training | behavior modification | non-coercitive discipline | externalizing behaviors | family | childhood education

This paper describes a Parental Social Skills Program aimed to reduce children behavior problems. The program, lasting 11 weeks, was implemented by means of weekly sequential steps starting with behavior analysis principles for parents to practice a non-coercitive discipline and to learn, models of parental social skills. Parents received weekly home assignments to observe the children's behavior, to establish favorable learning conditions for children to behave in desirable ways (empathy, compliance, independence etc.) and to adequately express emotions. Thirty-two mothers and two fathers participated in the program. Self-report questionnaires and open interviews in the pre-and post-intervention phases were used to assess the program's efficacy. Results showed significant reduction in the frequency and severity of disruptive and/or noncompliant behavior, as assessed by the parents. In conclusion, the approach of educational social abilities for parents may contribute positively to the development of non-coercitive disciplinary practices.
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