Explaining Variation in Behavioral Parent Training Outcomes among Low Income Families: What do Caregiver Emotion Regulation and Socialization Practices Predict? Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
  • Zachary, Chloe
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Low income status simultaneously increases a child’s risk of developing a Disruptive Behavior Disorder (DBD), while decreasing their likelihood of benefiting from current standard-of-care treatment, Behavioral Parent Training (BPT). Given literature to suggest compromises in low income families, as well as links with child DBDs, examination of caregiver emotion regulation and socialization may facilitate the identification of mechanisms underlying variability in treatment success and outcomes within low-income populations. As such, this study examined how caregiver emotion regulation and socialization practices predict treatment outcomes in 19 low income families. Findings revealed pre-treatment caregiver emotion regulation impairment explained variation in BPT treatment duration and outcomes, while pre-treatment caregiver emotion socialization explained variation in the severity of child disruptive behaviors at baseline, as well as BPT treatment outcomes. Pre-to-post treatment effect sizes suggested standard treatment produced reductions in caregiver’s emotion regulation impairment of high practical significance, and improvements in caregiver’s emotion socialization behaviors of medium practical significance.
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  • Jones, Deborah
  • McKee, Laura
  • Baucom, Donald
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2016

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