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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)


Graduate School

First Advisor

Esther Cohen

First Committee Member

Martin T. Gipson

Second Committee Member

Howard Cohen

Third Committee Member

Kenneth L. Beauchamp


Recent studies have shown that nocturnal enuresis can be successfully eliminated by parent-administered training in the home. However, many of the existing training packages contain numerous components which may discourage parents from following all training procedures consistently. In the current study a component analysis was conducted to determine which components were most effective in reducing bedwetting over a 2- month treatment program. Twenty-eight children four to eleven years of age were assigned to one of four groups, with seven children in each group. Children received either (1) Cleanliness training, (2) cleanliness training and hourly awakening, (3) positive practice, or (4) a standard training package. The results indicated that cleanliness training and hourly awakening, and positive practice were more effective components in reducing bedwetting. These findings suggest that further research should attempt to identify those child and parent characteristics that are likely to make one treatment approach more effective than another.