Child and Family Behavior Therapy
Time-out is a ubiquitous strategy to reduce problem behaviors. The current study sought to find the shortest effective duration(s) of time-out for sibling aggression in a community sample of girls ages 3–7. All participants reached a minimum reduction in sibling aggression of 60% after experiencing a 1-minute time-out. The majority (75%) of participants also demonstrated clear reversals of behavior when returned to the baseline condition. The current findings suggest that a 1-minute time-out may be sufficient for low-level sibling aggression in children as old as seven. Limitations include the presence of a graduate assistant during sibling play and unclear generalizability.
Corralejo, S. M.,
Jensen, S. A.,
Greathouse, A. D.
Time out for sibling aggression: An analysis of effective durations in a natural setting.
Child and Family Behavior Therapy, 40(3), 187–203.