This paper explores the impact of a group approach to teaching behavior modification principles and techniques to mothers of physically handicapped children. Five sessions involving presentations, discussions, and application of operant reinforcement techniques were followed by five sessions focusing on the importance of communication about the handicap, and applying the previously learned operant techniques to opening communication in this sensitive, secretive area. Clinical and statistical findings suggest that this approach can effectively train mothers to apply the techniques, and increase their attempts to communicate with their handicapped children. Moreover, mothers' participation appeared to facilitate their children's readiness to communicate, as well as improve their children's self-esteem, enthusiasm, and likability.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Psychiatry and Mental health