Low and high deviance analogue assessment of parent-training with physically abusive parents

Virginia M. MacMillan, Ralph L. Olson, David J. Hansen

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This study examined the utility of a parent-training program which included training to facilitate generalization to high-demand child-management situations, and employed structured analogue assessments of parent discipline performance in high-demand situations. A single-subject design was used to evaluate the effects of intervention with three physically abusive parents. The use of parenting skills was observed during free-play assessments (in clinic and home) with their child and two home-simulation assessments (low- and highdeviance) with clinical assistants enacting scripted child behaviors. Results support the effectiveness of the parent-training package and the use of low- and high-demand home-simulation assessments. Attempts to assess the impact of treatment on child management related to high-demand situations is particularly important given that these situations may function as antecedents to abuse behavior. The findings contribute to the literature on parent-training withphysically abusive parents and suggest directions for future research and practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)279-301
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Family Violence
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1991
Externally publishedYes


  • analogue assessment
  • generalization
  • parent training
  • physical abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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