V. Mark Durand, Ph.D Professor of Psychology College of Arts and Sciences
Meme Hieneman, Ph.D Courtesy Assistant Professor College of Arts and Sciences
University of South Florida St. Petersburg
This study was conducted to identify self-talk themes in parents of children with developmental disabilities and challenging behaviors. Data were obtained through content analysis of videotaped therapy sessions between parents of children with developmental disabilities and a certified behavior analyst with clinical training. The therapy sessions were conducted as part of the Positive Family Intervention project. The results showed that parental perceptions could be categorized into themes that recurred,cross families and situations. A significant percentage of the self-talk identified in this study resulted in consequences that could impede behavioral support interventions aimed at the children. The results indicate that pessimistic parental attitudes can he identified and categorized, into recurring themes. By designing interventions aimed at this negative self-talk in parents we may be able to improve the clinical utility of behavioral parent training interventions.
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Constantine, Brian, "Self-Talk Themes in Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities and Challenging Behaviors" (2008). USFSP Honors Program Theses (Undergraduate). 58.