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Mental health consultation; Behavioral assessment of children; School psychology; Minorities -- Education;


The literature over the past decade has provided evidence of the positive relationship between home-school collaboration and student success. Yet such educational partnerships are not as common as they should be, particularly among minority families and their schools. Empirical evidence of effective, culturally sensitive, homeschool partnership models focused on the individual-child level of collaboration is virtually absent in the literature. Conjoint Behavioral Consultation (CBC) is one model of home-school collaboration at the individual child level. CBC represents an expansion of traditional behavioral consultation. In CBC both parents and teachers serve as joint consultees to provide a more holistic view of the child. Before CBC can be judged an acceptable service delivery model, it is necessary to establish how effective it is when working with ethnic minorities. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness and acceptability of CBC for one minority and majority, home-school partnership. A review of home-school collaboration and CBC literature is provided and a theoretical framework for CBC is presented. This single subject experimental design was conducted with an ethnic minority parent and subject and a majority teacher and consultant. The target behavior was responding to requests. Self-monitoring with verbal cueing and student progress graphing were the intervention components utilized in the home and school environments. Participants rated the intervention and the CBC process for effectiveness and acceptability. Time factors were also assessed. Results indicated the student was successful in attaining the goals in the home and school settings. Both the teacher and parent reported strong agreement to the effectiveness and acceptability of the intervention. They both felt the intervention was responsible for the student's improvements. The participants also reported strong agreement to the effectiveness and acceptability of the CBC process. Time considerations were also acceptable. This study plays an important role in helping educators and researchers to begin identifying promising models and interventions for childhood problems. This study suggests that CBC maybe an effective model of service delivery with participants from different ethnic groups. It is also supportive of the expansion of services to empower parents and teachers in home-school collaboration and problem solving.

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Specialist in Education


Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations

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Annette M. Iverson


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