Parent Training and Consultation: An Analysis of a Homework Intervention Program

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We examined the effectiveness of a homework intervention training program for parents of four male children (one in Grade 4, three in Grade 6) with at least average skills and ability who were nominated by teachers because of severe homework completion problems. The intervention involved a series of five individual parent-consultation training sessions to teach the use of specific homework interventions, including a structured home study time. The intervention was evaluated in a multiple baseline design across participants. Data on student work completion and accuracy, collected throughout the duration of the school year, indicated clinically and socially significant change with work completion rates of problem students rising to within the range of normal peers. Accuracy of work completion remained high over the duration of the research project. Strengths and limitations of this study and future directions for research in the area of consultation and homework intervention are discussed.

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