Date of Award

Summer 8-13-2018

Thesis Type

Open Access

Degree Name

Master in Applied Behavior Analysis and Clinical Science


Health Professions

Committee Member(s)

April Michele Williams, PhD, BCBA-D

Sarah Slocum Freeman, PhD, BCBA-D

Kristyn Dawn McKenney


The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the effect of culturally sensitive interventions on parent training. Behavior-analytic services were provided to 3 Latino/Latina families that included children diagnosed with developmental disabilities whose problem behaviors were maintained by social reinforcement. Children were exposed to preference assessments and a functional analysis. Parents then were trained on the implementation of Functional Communication Training (FCT) using English as well as Spanish protocols. Data were collected on the percentage of correct steps completed by the parent as well as levels of child problem behavior. Culturally sensitive intervention does not impact parent training. This study adds to the literature on applied behavior analysis and culturally sensitive interventions.

Rights Holder

Adriana Rodriguez