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Harry Robe, Lynn Clark, Leroy Metze

Degree Program

Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Master of Arts


The purpose of this study was to investigate how parent training reduced the level of depression and increased the level of sense of competence experienced by parents who perceive their child to have at least one behavior problem. Twenty-five mothers participated in 3 training groups. Two of the groups served as experimental groups and the third group served as a control group. The materials presented to the experimental group were a combination of behavioral and humanistic/Adlerian approaches to parenting (Clark, 1985). The participants were administered the Parenting Stress Index (PSI) (Abidin, 1986) before and after treatment. The data for the experimental groups were combined and compared to the control group using the Student's t-Test for differences between means for correlated data and a t-Test for differences between means for independent groups. A significant difference did occur on sense of competence scores within the experimental group. However, when compared with the control group no significant differences were found. These results indicate that the change in parents' Sense of Competence scores are a trend and not a significant difference.


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