Date of Award

Spring 5-6-2021

Thesis Type

Open Access

Degree Name

Master in Applied Behavior Analysis and Clinical Science


Health Professions

Committee Member(s)

Dr. April Michele Williams

Dr. April Michele Williams

Dr. Kara Wunderlich

Supervising Faculty Member

Dr. April Michele Williams


The purpose of this study was to identify the preference of feedback types used during parent training with Hispanic caregivers. Knowing the caregiver’s preference of feedback formats allowed for the intervention plan to be designed based on caregiver choice and might enhance the likelihood that the treatment will be carried out as designed by the caregiver. A secondary purpose of the current study was to incorporate cultural values, specifically of Hispanic caregivers in the intervention process. By including cultural components in the intervention, practitioners may improve their cultural competency. Parent training protocols and behavioral skills training (BST) was conducted in either English or Spanish, depending on the caregiver preference. BST was used to teach the caregiver how to respond, reinforce, and prompt their child to communicate appropriately. The independent variable was the two feedback formats: corrective+supportive and supportive-only feedback, which was provided during the training. A preference evaluation survey on the intervention outcome was completed by the caregiver. The primary dependent variable was the caregiver’s preferred feedback format. The secondary dependent variable was the accuracy of the caregiver’s performance of the protocol steps following each of the two forms of feedback. Results indicated parent training can be culturally sensitive with Hispanic caregivers and that preferences of feedback types are idiosyncratic.


Portions of this research project were conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020-2021. Appropriate precautions were implemented to protect the health of both researchers and participants. Consequently, the thesis requirements and expectations for Rollins College students were modified during this academic year to ensure quality research experience while also maintaining safety.