Master of Arts in Psychology
First Committee Member
Brad Donohue, Chair
Second Committee Member
Daniel N. Allen
Third Committee Member
Cortney S. Warren
Graduate Faculty Representative
Number of Pages
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.
Behavior therapy; Child abuse – Prevention; Counseling; Family psychotherapy; Obesity – Psychological aspects; Obesity – Treatment; Substance abuse – Treatment
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
LaPota, Holly B., "Initial development of a healthy living curriculum within family behavior therapy for substance abuse" (2010). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 853.
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