Interactive Training for Parents of At-risk Adolescents
DESCRIPTION (provided by investigator): This project will produce an
interactive multimedia (IMM) program to teach behavioral parenting skills to
parents of at-risk adolescents. Skill-based modules, narrated and designed to
accommodate users with limited reading ability, will consist of self-paced
interactive tutorials built around realistic video modeling vignettes and
supportive testimonials. Content elements will be tailored to each
parent-user's marital status (singles/couples) and gender. The program will
further tailor the material based on the results of a parenting competency
assessment, and on child problem-behaviors of most relevance to the user. A
competency-based instructional design will include video-based quizzes,
advancing users when the material is understood, and providing review of
elements that have not been mastered. Program modules will address: 1)
monitoring, 2) making effective rules, 3) effective use of incentives 4)
developing and delivering effective consequences 5) dealing with resistance and
6) problem solving. Summary printouts of program content for users and
documentation of training progress will be supplied.
The Phase I prototype was an award-winning CD that produced significant changes
in parent attitude, self-efficacy, and intention to use recommended techniques.
In Phase II, the program's content will be expanded, and it will be evaluated
with a randomized trial.
PROPOSED COMMERCIAL APPLICATION:
This interactive multimedia (IMM) program will provide behavioral skills training for
parents of at-risk youth. It will be attractive in community and worksite settings where successful parenting and child behavior problems are relevant issues. Benefits of
the IMM format include: proven effectiveness, low-cost; individualized, self-paced
mastery learning, easy scheduling for busy parents, and objective tracking of parents'
Small Business Information at Submission:
Principal Investigator:A. B. Irvine
OREGON CENTER FOR APPLIED SCI
1839 GARDEN AVE EUGENE, OR 97403
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