Deconstructing the Time-Out: What Do Mothers Understand About a Common Disciplinary Procedure?

Amy K. Drayton, Michelle R. Byrd, Jeremy J. Albright, Elizabeth M. Nelson, Melissa N. Andersen, Natalie K. Morris

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Time-out (TO) is one of the most common and effective disciplinary tactics used to address problem behavior; however, parents rate TO as one of the least useful behavior modification techniques. This may be due to a discrepancy between empirically supported TO procedures and how mothers are actually conducting TO. Fifty-five mothers were asked to define TO, provide information on how they conduct TO, and identify errors in TO procedures. Results indicate that maternal knowledge and implementation of TO differs considerably from the empirical ideal, potentially impacting the utility and frequency of TO usage in the home to address child problem behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-107
Number of pages17
JournalChild and Family Behavior Therapy
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 3 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Discipline
  • parent knowledge
  • parent time-out procedure
  • parenting
  • time-out

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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