Parent Training for Parents of Children with Developmental Delays: Examining Parenting Strategies with Multiple Children
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Behavioral parent training programs have been widely used with caregivers to prevent and decrease challenging behaviors in young children with and without developmental delays and disabilities (DD). Although behavioral parent training has a robust literature suggesting efficacy in reducing target children's problem behavior and increasing positive parenting, specific parenting behaviors and the impact on children with delays and their siblings is an area that has yet to be fully explored. The current study aimed to examine parenting behaviors during parent-child interactions with children with a developmental delay and their sibling. Fourteen families participating in an ongoing parent training randomized controlled trial intervention were included in the present study to better understand parenting behaviors. Inappropriate parenting behaviors predicted the behavior problems of target children and their siblings above and beyond child and family demographic variables. Primary caregivers in the current sample exhibited more inappropriate parenting behaviors with the target child with DD than their sibling.