Acceptability of Three Home-Based Interventions for Common Behavioral Problems: Mothers' Perspectives

Date of Award


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Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Daniel Tingstrom

Advisor Department



In the context of investigating 50 mothers' perceptions of and competence to participate in treatment decisions that have a direct effect on their children's lives, participants rated the acceptability of three home-based interventions (i.e., token system, time-in/time-out, and medication) for remediation of common behavioral problems. Also, treatment understanding and perceived effectiveness ratings were obtained. Further, the present study purported to ascertain if acceptability differed as a function of problem severity (i.e. mild vs. severe), and if an interaction effect existed between intervention and problem severity. The token system and time-in/time-out were rated significantly higher in acceptance than medication. Results indicated that participants not only differentially rated the acceptability of the three interventions, but understood each intervention as well. Time-in/time-out was rated significantly higher in effectiveness than medication. However, no significant difference was evident in the perceived effectiveness between the token system and medication, or between the token system and time-in/time-out. Further, participants did not differentially rate the acceptability of the three interventions as a function of problem severity, nor was there an interaction effect between intervention and problem severity. Limitations of the present study as well as implications for future research are discussed.