Assessing the perceived applicability of Barkley's Defiant Teens Manual to African American and European American families

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Kendell Jasper (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Rosemery Nelson-Gray

Abstract: African American adolescent males are being diagnosed with externalizing behavior disorders more than any other group. However, there is a dearth of studies that addresses psychosocial treatment for African American adolescent males with these behavioral issues. This study assessed the perceived applicability of the Defiant Teen's Manual designed by Barkley, Robin, and Foster (1989), as a treatment for African American male adolescents and their families. Fifty-four African American and European American families with male adolescents ages 11 to 14 were included in the study. Subjects were asked to respond to a questionnaire that assessed their perception of the appropriateness of the treatment for their adolescent and family. Additional factors such as socioeconomic status (SES) and family makeup were also assessed to identify their impact on families. Multivariate and univariate analyses of variance, regression analysis, and mean comparisons were used to analyze data. Overall findings indicated that groups did not differ based on race, and/or family makeup regarding the perceived appropriateness of the Defiant Teen's manual to their families. However, African-American families rated three behavioral management steps as less appropriate for their families, and single parents rated one behavior management step as less appropriate for their families.

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Language: English
Date: 2008
African American, Barkley's Defiant Teens Manual, Behavior Study, Defiant Teens, European American
Behavioral assessment of teenagers.
Behavioral assessment $x Statistical methods.
Behavior disorders in adolescence.
Parent and teenager.
African American teenage boys.

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