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

J. W. Fantuzzo, L. Wray, R. Hall, C. Goins, Sandra T. Azar

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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 (d) 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 situations. Generalization and recidivism data supported the efficacy of treatment gains.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-140
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Mental Deficiency
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 19 1986


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  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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