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Research has found a relationship between treatment success and parental compliance with treatment programs. The current study explored how therapist characteristics impact on parental compliance with a behavioral parent-training program (Parent-Child Interaction Therapy). Also, differences in maternal satisfaction with the treatment program and therapist were explored. The participants were 45 mothers with children between the ages of 24 months and 83 months. Each mother was taught effective parenting strategies using one of three therapist communication styles: (a) positive therapist, (b) neutral therapist, and (c) negative therapist. Although all groups demonstrated an increase in their skill level from pretreatment to posttreatment, mothers in the negative therapist group used the target positive skills at a significantly higher rate at posttreatment than the other groups. No differences were found on maternal satisfaction. Results are discussed with regard to the importance of considering therapist variables when providing parent training.
Capage, Laura Christine, "The role of therapist communication style in parent-child interaction therapy." (1999). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 8569.