Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Granting Department

Child and Family Studies

Major Professor

Lise Fox, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Shelley Clarke, M.A.

Committee Member

Kimberly Crosland, Ph.D.


Behavioral Parent Training, Behavioral Skills Training, Family, Toddler


Young parents and their children are considered a high-risk population as they are more likely to lack social support networks, have limited access to opportunities to enhance parenting skills, and are often financially dependent. Young children whose mothers have poor parenting skills are more likely to have persistent problem behavior. Three young mothers living in a transitional housing facility participated in this study. The purpose of this study was to determine if these mothers could implement parenting strategies that are a part of a commercially available parenting book and DVD. This study found that: (1) mothers were able to correctly implement the parenting strategies; (2) child problem behavior decreased from baseline to follow-up; and (3) the mother's perception of child problem behavior shifted positively from baseline to follow-up phases.