By: Shannon Barton, M.A., BCBA, Jennifer Blankenship, M.S.ED., BCBA, Jessica Cooper, M.S., BCBA, & Chloe Fahrberger, M.S.Ed., BCBA
Parent training involving the principles and procedures of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has been shown to be successful across various skills and goals in teaching parents to implement skill acquisition and behavior reduction goals. The purpose of this study was to use meta-analysis techniques to examine the overall effects of parent training on parents, children, and service providers. A search of electronic databases was conducted to identify studies that utilized parent training as well as what methods were used, progress that parent training led to, positive and negative impacts, and any concerns brought to the experimenters. This study examined fifteen journal articles in relation to parent training. Results showed that parent training had a positive effect both on children and parents’ behavior; timing and scheduling were some of the most noted barriers to implementation.