Effect of a reliability observer on the frequency of positive parent behavior recorded during naturalistic parent-child interactions


Journal Article

The purpose of the present study was to examine the effect of the presence of a reliability observer on the number of positive parent behaviors recorded by a primary observer during naturalistic parent-child interactions. Thirty parents and their young clinic-referred children served as subjects. After two initial home observations, a reliability observer was present to record data in observation session 3, but not session 4, for one-half the subjects. For the remaining subjects the reliability observer was present in session 4 but not session 3. The results of a 2 × 2 analysis of variance indicated a group by session interaction which resulted from an increase in maternal attention to the child in the presence of a reliability observer. Hypotheses to explain the finding are presented and implications of the results are discussed. © 1980 Plenum Publishing Corporation.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wells, KC; McMahon, RJ; Forehand, R; Griest, DL

Published Date

  • March 1, 1980

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 65 - 69

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-3505

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0164-0305

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/BF01321433

Citation Source

  • Scopus