Award Date

8-2010

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Psychology

Department

Psychology

First Committee Member

Brad Donohue, Chair

Second Committee Member

Daniel N. Allen

Third Committee Member

Cortney S. Warren

Graduate Faculty Representative

Chad Cross

Number of Pages

141

Abstract

A mother referred for child maltreatment and substance abuse treatment after her son tested positive for methamphetamines at birth participated in an in-home Family Behavior Therapy-Healthy Lifestyle intervention to eliminate substance use, improve parenting behaviors, lose weight, and develop better exercise habits. Twenty sessions were completed in 6 months that targeted familial communication, self-control, goal setting with contingency management, job getting skills, and stimulus control techniques. Upon termination from treatment, the participant’s self-report and urine testing was consistent with substance cessation, and she evidenced substantial improvements in her level of stress, family communication and relationships, and child maltreatment potential. She was able to maintain her weight, and body mass index, and reported engaging in more frequent healthy behaviors. Further, the participant reported more satisfaction with her appearance. Validity indices were mixed with some indicating the participant may have been attempting to present herself favorably.

Keywords

Behavior therapy; Child abuse – Prevention; Counseling; Family psychotherapy; Obesity – Psychological aspects; Obesity – Treatment; Substance abuse – Treatment

Disciplines

Clinical Psychology

Language

English


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