Date of Graduation
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
Cheryl B. McNeil.
Behavioral parent training (BPT) has been shown to be a highly effective treatment for children with disruptive behavior disorders. Although a great deal of promising research concerning BPT exists, it is important to recognize that current BPT programs were developed and normed based on European-American ideologies regarding parenting, with the assumption that these programs will apply to parents from cultural minority groups as well. The current study evaluated differences in parenting practices between a sample of Native American parents and non-Native parents. In addition, group differences regarding sensitivity and acceptability of techniques that are commonly used in BPT programs were explored. To better understand how cultural identity influenced parenting practices, a measure of acculturation was included and analyzed as well. Lastly, parenting differences between Native Americans with and without residential school experience (direct or indirect) were explored. Results demonstrated a number of important differences between the groups and help to provide some insight into both treatment acceptability and parenting practices of the Native American population, while also serving as a base of information for future research in this area. Limitations and future directions are discussed.
Masse, Joshua J., "Comparison of parenting practices, acculturation, and the acceptability of behavioral parent training programs between a Native American and a non-Native American sample" (2006). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 2364.