Exploring the stages of change and perceived barriers to treatment models within the context of parental adherence to an early intervention program

Noseworthy, Dana M. (2016) Exploring the stages of change and perceived barriers to treatment models within the context of parental adherence to an early intervention program. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

Parent-mediated early intervention programs depend on the willingness and ability of parents to complete prescribed activities with their children. In other contexts, internal factors, such as stages of change, and external factors, such as barriers to treatment, have been shown to correlate with adherence to service. This researcher modified the Stages of Change Questionnaire as well as the Barriers to Treatment Participation Scale (BTPS) to use with this population. Despite initial interest, twenty-three parent participants were referred to the researcher over the course of three years, with only five parents taking part in the study. A population base ten times that of the current sample would be required recruit enough participants (fifty-one) to provide sufficient power. This feasibility study discusses the results of the five parent participants. Findings suggest that the modified Stages of Change Questionnaire may not be sensitive enough for use with the current sample, while the modified BTPS may yield useful information for service providers.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/12055
Item ID: 12055
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 109-118).
Keywords: Early Intervention, adherence, stage of change, barriers to treatment
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Psychology
Science, Faculty of > Psychology
Date: May 2016
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Children with disabilities--Services for; Children with disabilities--Development; Children with disabilities--Medical care; Children with disabilities--Home care; Parents of children with disabilities--Attitudes

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