Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 385–400 | Cite as

Evaluation of behavioral group counseling for parents of learning-disabled children

  • Charles Diament
  • Gep Colletti


The present study evaluated the effectiveness of a behavioral group counseling program for parent members of the Association for Children with Learning Disabilities. Twentytwo mothers were assigned to two treatment groups (N=5 and N=6) and a control group (N=11). Treatment-group mothers received a series of eight weekly 11/2-hour sessions in which they were taught basic principles and procedures of behavior modification which they could apply to specific childrearing problems. Multiplesuccess criteria (maternal reports, direct observation, frequency counts, and attitudinal measures) were employed to provide a broad-based measurement of outcome. Results indicated that treatment ratings of childrens' conduct and disruption and parental postbehavioral observations of mother-child interactions showed improvement for the behavioral-counseling groups while control-group ratings and behavior observations remained the same. All treatment-group changes were maintained at 3-month follow-up. Consistency of treatment-group data across measures and over time suggests the effectiveness of this approach as a training method. Implications for future research were discussed.


Treatment Rating Training Method Frequency Count Learn Disability Counseling Program 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles Diament
    • 1
  • Gep Colletti
    • 2
  1. 1.Children's Psychiatric Center/Community Mental Health CenterRed Bank
  2. 2.State University of New York at BinghamtonUSA

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