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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)


Graduate School

First Advisor

William C. Theimer, Jr.

First Committee Member

Armand P. Maffia

Second Committee Member

Kenneth L. Beauchamp

Third Committee Member

Helmut H. Reimer

Fourth Committee Member

M. Louis Mason


This study was designed to assess the impact of Parent Effectiveness Training (PET) on a rural-suburban population, The population under study was chosen from the unincorporated towns of Oakley and Knightsen, California, located 70 miles northeast of San Francisco, in the San Joaquin Valley . Sixty parents were chosen randomly from the parent rosters of Oakley and Knightsen Elementary Schools. They were randomly assigned to one of three groups, two being experimental and one control.

The instruments used to assess the training were the Parent Attitude Survey Scale (PASS); the Dogmatism Scale (D-Scale); the Devereux Elementary School Behavior Rating Scale (DESBR-Scale) and the Children's Report of Parent Behavior Inventory (CRPBI). The data from the PASS and D-Scale were gathered pre-treatment, post-treatment and at two months delayed post-treatment intervals. The data using teacher assessments on the DESBR Scale were gathered at the beginning and end of the study. The data gathered on the children of PET families on the CRPBI were done at the beginning and end of the study.

The PET training was administered by the author, a licensed PET instructor over an eight week period . The classes were conducted on the standardized PET instructional model, using Gordon's text and workbook.



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