Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review

, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp 39–54

Antecedent Strategies to Promote Children’s and Adolescents’ Compliance with Adult Requests: A Review of the Literature


DOI: 10.1007/s10567-015-0197-3

Cite this article as:
Radley, K.C. & Dart, E.H. Clin Child Fam Psychol Rev (2016) 19: 39. doi:10.1007/s10567-015-0197-3


Compliance with adult requests and directives has often been described as a keystone behavior in children, meaning it is associated with engagement in other desirable and socially appropriate behaviors. As such, a great deal of research has been directed toward identifying strategies that increase compliance in children. Antecedent strategies, which focus on increasing the probability of compliance prior to or during the delivery of the directive or request, are popular because they have the potential to prevent noncompliance; however, it is not clear which of the numerous antecedent strategies are effective or for whom. Therefore, a systematic review of the antecedent strategies for compliance was completed. Forty-two studies were identified evaluating eight different antecedent strategies for children aged 1–19. It was determined that high-probability command sequences, effective instruction delivery, and errorless compliance training may all be considered evidence-based antecedent strategies to increase children’s compliance with adult requests.


Antecedent Compliance Children Adolescents 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The University of Southern MississippiHattiesburgUSA

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